BARAGA - The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community will be holding its primary election for tribal council members Saturday. The polls will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Voters in the L'Anse district will cast ballots at Zeba United Methodist Church, while voters in the Baraga district will cast ballots at Ojibwa Senior Citizens Center. Voters must be enrolled members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.
In this primary election, four members will be chosen from each of the two districts. Winners will proceed to the general election, which will be held Dec. 15.
KBIC Secretary Susan LaFernier said a constitution and bylaws detail the duties of the council members.
"We have an annual budget process where we approve the budget for the governments and the enterprises," LaFernier said. "We have a tribal code where we update and propose even new ordinances to the codes."
Running in the Baraga district are: Jerry Lee Curtis (Incumbent), Warren "Chris" Swartz, Jr. (Incumbent), Michael Cardinal, Thomas E. Chosa, Jr., Robert A. Ellsworth, Virginia "Ginnyann" Jermac, Gary F. Loonsfoot, Sr. and Don Messer, Jr.
Running in the L'Anse district are: Eddy Edwards (Incumbent), Susan LaFernier (Incumbent), Lyndon Ekdahl, William "Gene" Emery, Charles Gauthier, David J. Haataja, Gerald P. Jondreau and Jennifer Misegan.