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Former Chippewa Cree Tribal Chairman Pleads Guilty To Bribery, Embezzlement, And Tax Evasion

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana

GREAT FALLS - Former Chippewa Cree Tribal Chairman Bruce Sunchild has pleaded guilty today to four felonies involving bribery, embezzlement, and tax evasion, according to the United States Attorney's Office. Sunchild had been charged in three indictments handed down by a federal Grand Jury investigating corruption in Indian Country. Sunchild appeared on Monday, November 10, 2014 before U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Great Falls to enter the guilty pleas.

Sunchild's sentencing on the four felonies is set for January 29, 2015, in Great Falls.

The case was brought by the federal agents of the Guardians Project and was investigated by the agents of the Offices of Inspector General of the Departments of Interior, Health and Human Services, and Environmental Protection Agency, as well as by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division.

Updated January 14, 2015