Standing Rock community reacts to Wednesday’s election results

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FORT YATES, N.D. (KFYR) - The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has a new leader. Mike Faith defeated Chairman Dave Archambault in Wednesday's tribal election.

Friday was a quiet day in Fort Yates, as tribal office and many other agencies were closed for Native American Day. But people were still talking about Wednesday's election.

"For me I would feel comfortable going with Dave Archambault as chairman," said Standing Rock resident Jessie Buckley

"Both of the men are really excellent people so whether Mike won or Dave won, it would have been great for all the people," said resident Darlene Situran.

Dave Archambault issued a statement, saying:

"I will continue to advocate for the issues facing our community and look forward to exploring new opportunities." And he wished the new administration "a smooth transition, ensuring that we do not lose the powerful momentum we have at Standing Rock."

Newly elected chairman Mike Faith also responded, saying issues he would like to focus on going forward are healthcare, education, suicide prevention, and getting new businesses to the reservation.

Residents are hopeful that the new chairman addresses those problems.

"I think he knows a lot about what goes on as a chairman so I think he will do great in that position," said Situran.

"Supporting children like playgrounds and a better community for people to be stronger together," said Buckley.

Dave Archambault was elected in 2013 and served one term. The inauguration for Mike Faith will take place Oct. 11.