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Oglala leader defends himself against allegations

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PINE RIDGE (AP) — Suspended Oglala Sioux President Bryan Brewer says allegations against him are unfounded.

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The Tribal Council suspended Brewer last week following allegations that he acted without the council's approval on two occasions and mishandled a $5,000 check. The council has scheduled a July 17 hearing to determine whether he should be reinstated or impeached.

The Rapid City Journal reports that Brewer issued a statement saying the accusations are a "smear campaign" and that his suspension has "dragged us into the quicksand of domestic infighting."

A tribal judge will oversee the July 17 hearing, with the eventual decision on Brewer's future left to the council. It would take a two-thirds vote of the 19-member council to remove Brewer from office.

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