Menominee Tribal Legislature election set for January

By: 
NEW Media Staff

The election for the Menominee Tribal Legislature is less than six weeks away, and write-in candidacies will continue to be accepted until 4 p.m. Jan. 5, 2024.

The 2024 main election will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Neopit Precinct and from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Menominee Convention Center.

On-reservation candidates on the ballot are Joey Awonohopay Sr., Randal Chevalier, Joan Delabreau and Rachel Fernandez.

Michael Fish Jr. is the only off-reservation candidate on the ballot.

Due to the resignation of a tribal legislator in 2022, the fourth highest vote-getting candidate will fill the vacancy for the remaining one-year term.

Menominee tribal members seeking to become a write-in candidate for the Menominee Tribal Legislature must provide the Menominee Tribal Election Commission with a signed written notice of his or her intention to run as a write-in candidate.

Notices maybe submitted in person to the Election Commission Office, Room 136, W3293 Wolf River Drive, Keshena, or mailed to P.O. Box 562, Keshena, WI 54135.

Call 715-799-3446 or email llwaupoose@mitw.org for information.

To be eligible as a write-in, candidates must be enrolled in the Menominee Indian Tribe and be at least 25 years of age as of the date on which the election is held.

No member shall be eligible to be a write-in candidate for the Menominee Tribal Legislature who has been convicted of a major crime as defined in Bylaw V of the Constitution and Bylaws, unless the Tribal Judiciary certifies that a tribal member in question is rehabilitated. Such certificate of rehabilitation shall be based upon the tribal member’s record of behavior since the conviction.

For eligible members wanting an absentee ballot, the deadline to request an absentee ballot is 4 p.m. Dec. 28.