Kahnawake gets new Grand Chief after count lasts to early morning

Cody Diabo, new Grand Chief at Kahnawake

KAHNAWAKE-Kahnawake has a new Grand Chief after the results of a community vote took to the early morning hours. In the early hours Sunday morning, the results showed that Cody Diabo defeated incumbent Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer by more than 250 votes to become the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) community’s fifth grand chief. Diabo won with 542 votes, over former council chief Gina Deer who came in second with 343 votes and now former Grand Chief Sky-Deer coming in third with 275 votes. Diabo told reporters “I was initially shocked and speechless.” He said he knew he had “a lot of support going in, but I didn’t know how much. I was honoured when he had read it and then immediately getting asked questions, how I feel. It’s not often I’m speechless. So it…

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