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Lumbee council again votes against chairman

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LAURINBURG, NC (AP) -- The Lumbee Tribal Council is continuing its fight with its chairman, again rejecting his choice for administrator.

The Fayetteville Observer reported the council voted 11-10 not to consider a contract for Gervais Oxendine to become administrator because the paperwork was not submitted before the meeting Thursday and the item wasn't on the agenda.

It was the second time a vote went against Oxendine, who is Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks' candidate for administrator. At a meeting March 6, the council tied on whether to hire Oxendine.

The council also voted to tear down walls that Brooks ordered built for office space at the Elders Heritage Group. The council doesn't want space taken away from the elders group.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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