Tribal President Recalled Under Law He Approved

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…

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.

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