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White Earth election workers Antonette Vizenor, David Biggs and Monica Hedstrom sort through envelopes containing ballots as they begin to count Tribal Constitution votes Tuesday night at the Golden Eagle Bingo Hall in Mahnomen. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

White Earth members approve new constitution

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MAHNOMEN, Minn. -- It is a monumental milestone for the White Earth Reservation, as voters there said “yes” to an entirely new constitution.


The mail-in votes were counted Tuesday night, with results showing 79 percent approval. Of the 3,492 ballots counted, 2,780 were in favor and 712 against. It was a voter turnout twice that of a normal tribal election.

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