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DuPuis elected to Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Wally DuPuis, then-Chairman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, announce a settlement agreement in 2016. (File / Duluth News Tribune)

Wally DuPuis was elected to fill a vacancy on the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee (RBC) in a special election Dec. 4.

DuPuis topped Patty Petite by a vote of 260 to 227 to replace Vanessa Northrup for the District 1 committeeperson (Cloquet) after Northrup was removed in July.

Northrup was removed following a hearing and vote by the RBC on July 30. The hearing came when 20 percent of eligible voters signed a petition asserting Northrup had committed "malfeasance in the handling of tribal affairs" and requested she be removed from office.

DuPuis, who previously served two terms on the RBC, and Petite emerged from a field of 12 candidates that also included Northrup in an Oct. 2 primary.

DuPuis is currently employed as a community advocate in the Fond du Lac social services program. DuPuis acknowledged there are "a ton of issues" facing the reservation, but declined to discuss them with the Pine Journal.

"That's a tribal issue and not for the general public," he said.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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