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Red Lake tribal chairman says he won't resign

Associated Press

RED LAKE, Minn. -- Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. said Friday that for the time being he won't resign and again proclaimed his son innocent of any involvement in the shootings that occurred at Red Lake High School.

"The only thing my son is guilty of is being friends with Jeff Weise," Jourdain said, referring to the 16-year-old who authorities say killed nine people on the reservation on March 21 before shooting himself.

Jourdain said that his son's full story would be told at some point. "It's a story that has a lot of twists and turns and tragedies and hope and messages -- and that story will unfold eventually and it will be a story everyone can learn from," he said.

Jourdain said he has taken personal time off from his job since his son was arrested, but the tribal council has been supportive and he has been in contact with staff every day.

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Media outlets have reported that his 16-year-old son, Louis Jourdain, was charged in federal court with conspiracy.

He said he's gotten tremendous support from the community, including about 300 e-mails, most of which, he said, encouraged him to remain in the job.

"If the people of Red Lake determine it's time for me to move on, I will. Right now I'm not getting that feeling from the majority of people out there," Jourdain said.

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