Menominee Tribe elects new chairperson

New Menominee Tribal Chairwoman Laurie Boivin talks to FOX 11 on Mon, Feb. 10, 2014.
New Menominee Tribal Chairwoman Laurie Boivin talks to FOX 11 on Mon, Feb. 10, 2014.

KESHENA - The Menominee Tribe has a new leader. On Sunday, the tribe's legislature elected Laurie Boivin as its new chairperson.

Boivin defeated Craig Corn, who served as the tribe's chairman for the past two years.

"The Menominee Tribal Constitution provides for an annual election of the Executive Council," Corn said, in a statement from the tribe. "I am grateful for the faith shown in me by the legislature during my two terms as Chairman. I look forward to the next three years as a member of the legislature and I am fully committed in my support of Chairwoman Boivin."

Boivin was elected to the legislature in January. She served as the tribe's chairwoman in 2010. She served on the legislature before from 2003 to 2012 and stepped down after serving her third consecutive term, which was mandated by the tribe's constitution.

"This is a pivotal time in our tribal history," Boivin said, in a press release. "We have a very strong Tribal Legislature right now that is completely focused on addressing the needs of the Menominee people."

Boivin will give the State of the Tribes address in Madison Thursday.

Boivin says the Menominee's proposed casino near Kenosha has her full support.

"When I served out my last term as a legislator I thought that would be it for me," Boivin said. "But last summer when the Federal government approved our application for the Kenosha casino it was as if a spark was reignited in me. I have always believed in the Kenosha project as a means to raise our tribe to a greater level of self-sufficiency."