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Perry Bellegarde has been re-elected as the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.


Bellegarde, a member of Little Black Bear First Nation in southern Saskatchewan, won in the second ballot garnering 328 of the 522 votes cast.


He was first elected in 2014, when he received the support of over 60% of voters in the first ballot.


MKO Grand Chief Sheila North finished second with 125 votes, while Miles Richardson finished third with 59.


Russ Diabo, who finished with only 10 votes in the second ballot, claimed that Carolyn Bennett, the federal minister of crown-Indigenous affairs, interfered with the election by meeting with the Alberta delegation before the first ballot.

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