Terry Nelson, the militant political activist with close ties to the American Indian Movement, was elected one of Manitoba three senior aboriginal political leaders Thursday, according to social media reports from the election floor.
Nelson, best known for threatening rail blockades in defence of treaty rights in southern Manitoba and for a heavily criticized trip a year ago to Iran, will now head up the Southern Chiefs Organization as grand chief.
It took four ballots to wheedle down the slate of five candidates today at the South Beach Casino Complex at Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation.
In the end Nelson eased past his closest challenger, former chief Norman Bone, with 16 votes to Bone’s 14.
The Southern Chiefs Organization has yet to confirm the results with an official release but chatter out of the day-long election on Twitter and Facebook broadcast the news across the country.