Tribal President Recalled Under Law He Approved
Criminal charges turned tribal opinion against the northern Wisconsin leader.
The embattled president of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians lost a recall election held this weekend under the auspices of a law he signed into effect in 2007, according to a statement from the tribe. The vote held on Saturday fell 224-128 against Robert Chicks, who faces charges of resisting an officer after he refused to reveal his identity during a traffic stop.
Chicks was also ticketed for operating without a valid license, charged in February with bail jumping and with misdemeanor theft in March. Other members of the tribe allege Chicks used his tribal credit card to post $300 in bail.
A LinkedIn page credited to Chicks, 58, contains little information about his past. It says he served as president beginning in 1997 and and has few other skills ("Skills and Experience: none really that is why ..."). Under "Interests," Chicks wrote, "sleeping, vacationing and the normal stuff."
The Stockbridge-Munsee Band is based in Bowler, Wis. and operates the North Star Mohican Casino Resort.