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Tribe Members Protest at Regional BIA Office (Jun 07, 2011)

ANADARKO, Okla. (AP) — Supporters of a woman who says she is the rightful governor of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes are protesting outside a regional Bureau of Indian Affairs office in Anadarko.

About 25 people held signs on Tuesday urging BIA Southern Plains Regional Director Dan Deerinwater to make a decision recognizing Leslie Harjo as governor of the Concho-based tribes.

Harjo and Janice Boswell both lay claim to that position. Boswell took office in January 2010 as governor with Harjo as the lieutenant governor. Both have accused the other of various misdeeds and constitutional violations and have been overseeing what amount to separate governments, each with their own judges and attorney general.

BIA Deputy Regional Director Terry Bruner says the matter is in the appeal process and a decision isn't likely soon.

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