Ex-tribal officials in Nebraska plead not guilty

By: AP
By: AP

Omaha, NE (AP) - Two former Omaha Tribe of Nebraska officials have pleaded not guilty to theft of tribal funds.

The Sioux City Journal says 53-year-old Amen Sheridan and 53-year-old Julia Whiteskunk entered their pleas on Monday in U.S. District Court in Omaha. Both are from Walthill. They were indicted in last month on two counts each.

Court documents say the two illegally used $4,000 in tribal housing authority funds as a down payment for a house they bought together in 2009. They also are accused of moving more than $50,000 in restricted housing funds into a tribal account, then issuing a $30,000 check from the account to Sheridan.

Sheridan is a former tribal chairman. Whiteskunk was the executive director of the tribal housing authority.

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