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Arlen Dumas re-elected Grand Chief of Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

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Arlen Dumas was re-elected Grand Chief of the Manitoba Assembly of Chiefs Wednesday. He speaks with Global's Gabrielle Marchand. – Jul 15, 2021

Chiefs in Manitoba have re-elected Arlen Dumas as the head of the organization representing First Nations in the province.

Dumas won 38 of the 57 votes in the second ballot Wednesday afternoon.

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The Cree leader beat out Sheila North, a former grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, the advocacy group representing northern First Nations in the province.

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Dumas was first elected as grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs in 2017.

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He took a leave of absence two years later after being accused of sending unwanted messages to a woman.

Dumas said at the time that he did not pursue an intimate relationship with the woman, but did message her to provide advice and guidance.

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