John Robinson '78 is seeking to lead the Northern Cheyenne in Montana. The tribe election takes place on Tuesday.
Robinson attended the University of California at Berkeley and Eastern Montana College. He graduated from the first national Indian paralegal training program at Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C., in 1978.
He served in the U.S. Army and has worked in construction, coal mining and forestry. He also has been assistant director of tribal housing, grant writer and director of the Tribal Employment Rights Office.
Robinson was appointed judge in 1979 and has served as chief judge for 15 years. He spent the remainder of the time as juvenile judge, associate judge, pro tem judge and appellate judge.
Robinson summed up his qualifications for office this way: "Education, courage, commitment to our Northern Cheyenne people common sense, maturity, vision, extensive successful administrative experience, a respect and belief in the strengths of our Northern Cheyenne people, our traditions, our history and our culture.”