Former Kickapoo tribal leaders charged in tribal court

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Three former Kickapoo Tribe leaders have been charged in tribal court with misusing federal dollars.

Former tribal council Chairman Steve Cadue, tribal Treasurer Bobbi Darnell and Secretary Adolph Cadue Jr. were charged Monday in the Kickapoo court in Horton with fraudulent handling of recordable instruments and tampering with records.

Cadue said he and the others deny the allegations.

“We deny this, that’s my statement,” he told the Topeka Capital-Journal. “We’ll wait for our day in court.”

Court filings didn’t list lawyers for the three defendants.

The complaints allege that the three used federal burial funds to subsidize payroll and other tribal expenses in violation of tribal law. Kickapoo Tribal Special Prosecutor Tom Lemon alleges that the former leaders modified tribal resolutions and produced fraudulent documents to cover up the misspent money.

It is unclear from the court filings how much of the burial funds were misspent.

“This is a way for the tribe to hold them accountable,” tribal council Chairman Lester Randall said.

The 30-square-mile Kickapoo Tribe reservation is in northeast Kansas in Brown County.

 

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