Levings, Hall top tribal primary

New Town, North Dakota (AP) September 2010

Three Affiliated Tribes chairman Marcus Levings will face former two-time chairman Tex Hall in November for a repeat of the election showdown four years ago on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Levings and Hall bested a field of 16 in last week's tribal primary. Tribal spokeswoman Doreen Yellowbird says the unofficial tally had 529 votes for Hall and 415 votes for Levings.

Levings beat Hall by more than 200 votes in 2006, but the contest dragged on for months while Hall unsuccessfully appealed his loss to the National Indian Gaming Commission and tribal courts.

The tribe with 12,000 enrolled members. The general election is slated for Nov. 2.




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