Pascua Yaqui council removes embattled chair from office

Tucson, Arizona (AP) 9-07

The embattled chairwoman of the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Council in southern Arizona has been removed from office.

The council voted 7-3 to remove Herminia Frias on Sept. 12, a month after suspending her from the post. Frias was removed based on misconduct charges that she improperly delegated executive authority to her former chief of staff and overreached her elected authority when she fired the tribe's treasurer.

Frias said she plans to file a lawsuit with the tribal court to contest what she views as an unlawful removal from office.

She said the council needed a “supermajority” vote, or 8-3, to approve removing her from office. She argued that because she was legally still on the council at the time of the vote, she should have gotten to vote, as well.
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