Chino steps down as Mescalero tribal president

Posted at: 07/13/2013 1:20 PM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

 MESCALERO, N.M. (AP) - Fredrick Chino Sr. has resigned as president of southern New Mexico's Mescalero Apache tribe.

The tribe made the announcement Friday but gave no details as to why Chino submitted his resignation.

Chino, a longtime tribal council member, was inaugurated as president in January 2012. The Alamogordo Daily News reports that in late May, Chino and Vice President Sandra Platero were each placed on paid administrative leave.

The tribe said it made the move as part of a review of tribal activities but that no wrongdoing was alleged.

Council Member Alfred La Paz is now serving as acting president.

He says at the time Chino and Platero were put on leave, a number of council members had concerns about the level of communication among the president, vice president and council.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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