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Former Tribal Chairman Pleads Guilty


Last updated 4/13/2022 at 10:17pm

Donovan White

The morning of March 22nd, 2022, court was held for the former SWO Chairman at 9:00am. Tribal Court was in session for a specific reason, which was the sentencing of Donovan White.

Majority of Tribal Council and Executives were in attendance, the courtroom seemed very unusual, the tension was high. White pled guilty, the charges were as follows: cruelty to or abuse of a child or minor; contributing to delinquency of a minor; filing a false report. For those who may not know, White was Tribal Chairman at the time the charges were filed against him in 2020. "SWO Tribal Council approved formal charges against Chairman Donovan White on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020, and resulted in his removal on Thursday, June 4th, 2020." Judge Seiler ordered White to serve 5 days in Roberts County Jail, 2.5 were dismissed for previous 2.5 days time served; he was also ordered to pay $150.00 in fines along with 3 months of probation.

G. Desrosiers Jr, SWO Public Information Officer, March 23, 2022


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