A Chippewa Cree tribal council member has returned to his position after federal prosecutors dropped embezzlement charges against him.
Tribal officials say John Chance Houle returned Friday to the Chippewa Cree Business Committee.
Houle had asked for leave from his duties after he was indicted with five others on charges they pocketed federal money meant for a new drinking water pipeline to the reservation.
Prosecutors last week dropped the 17 counts against Houle, but did not give a reason why.
The case will go on against the five others, including former state Rep. Tony Belcourt.
Belcourt is the CEO of the Chippewa Cree Construction Corp., which is leading the water pipeline project.