RED LAKE TRIBAL CHIEF MEETING RESULTS IN NEW CHIEF

The October 2018 Red Lake Tribal Council meeting was held on Tuesday, when Arlan W. Jourdain was sworn in as one of Red Lake’s Seven Hereditary Chiefs. Jourdain succeeds Chief Alexander Gillespie who resigned in late summer. The members of Red Lake’s Seven Hereditary Chief system have the responsibility of deciding who is to succeed the previous Chief by examining the family
trees or lineage charts.  Red Lake, one of two closed reservations in the US, is touted as having the first modern indigenous democratic governance system in the nation, while maintaining a hereditary
chief system.