The Wichita & Affiliated Tribes in Anadarko, Oklahoma recently reelected Leslie Standing as the tribal president.
Standing received 54.7 percent of the votes in a four-person race, to easily avoid a run-off election with the clear majority.
“When I was elected President of the Wichita & Affiliated Tribes in 2008, I promised to make tribal government open and accountable to all tribal members. Change is never easy. However, the citizens of the Wichita Tribe confirmed their desire to have a government that is open, respectful and accountable to all members,” Standing said.
The reelection was the result of a special election to fill the unexpired term ending in 2012. Standing came under controversy earlier this year for his economic development and open government initiatives. His supporters showed up on June 4.
“I will immediately focus on creating an open and accountable government, full disclosure of tribal business entities, economic development and health care delivery. In fact, I have already contacted U.S. government officials concerning the possible closure of our local Indian health care clinic which is vital to the health of Wichita tribal citizens and local tribes,” he said. “It is time for the Wichita nation to come together and move forward. Wichita tribal officials must recognize the voice of the people and work together to improve the lives of our citizens.”