Tribe Votes to Impeach Chief After Residency Flap

[UGCPHI-CJ-weather]Hazard Rock Narragansett RI

Members of Rhode Island's Narragansett Indian tribe have voted to impeach their chief sachem of nearly two decades following reports he may be a Florida resident.

WPRI-TV reports members of the tribe's executive board voted to impeach Matthew Thomas last week. The full tribal assembly unanimously agreed in a vote taken Saturday morning.

The move comes several months after an investigation by the news station showed that Thomas obtained a Florida driver's license and registered to vote in Florida. Florida tax assessor's records show that Thomas owns a home in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Narragansett Indian tribal election rules say that the chief must live in the state of Rhode Island or within a 50-mile radius.

Thomas didn't return an email from WPRI seeking comment.

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