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Lac du Flambeau tribe chooses interim president

MINOCQUA - The Lac du Flambeau Indian tribe has a new president, over two months after the last one resigned.

Jerome "Brooks" Big John was chosen this week to head a council that impeached him in 2008 over disputes about the tribe's finances. But he said there have been changes in the council since then - and he never stopped fighting for what he believed in.

The Lac du Flambeau tribe is based in far northern Wisconsin, and it's still grappling with a troubled casino project in Mississippi. Big John says he's confident things will be sorted out, and he denies rumors that the tribe is bankrupt. He says the Lake-of-the-Torches casino on the tribe's reservation is still making money. It's located about 10 miles northwest of Minocqua.

Big John will serve as an interim president until the next tribal elections take place in October.