Former Tribal Police Chief’s Case Returns To Circuit Court

A case involving a former Upper Peninsula tribal police chief who was barred from running for public office is headed back to court.

Fred Paquin was convicted of corruption in 2010 while he was the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians’ police chief after he admitted to misusing federal money given to the tribe.

In 2013 and 2015 he was told the conviction disqualified him from running for St. Ignace City Council under Michigan’s constitution.

Paquin argued he should be allowed to run for city council because the tribe is sovereign.

The appeals court ruled against him.

But Michigan’s Supreme Court ruled that state tribal governments do not fall under the constitution’s provision preventing people from seeking public office.

The case is now headed back to the Mackinac Circuit Court.