Mother of late Turtle Mountain Tribal Councilman to finish his term

BELCOURT, N.D. – The mother of a tribal councilman from the Turtle Mountains who passed away earlier this year following a battle with cancer will honor his legacy by finishing the remainder of his term in office.

Photo courtesy: Nicole St. Claire

Bernice Poitra was sworn in Thursday to finish her son Carson Belgarde’s term as District 4 Representative. Belgarde passed away in April at age 56 and was laid to rest in May.

Per tribal constitution, the remaining council members voted for Poitra to finish the term, which runs through next November.