Federal prosecutors are dropping embezzlement charges against a Chippewa Cree tribal leader.
The Havre Daily News reported Tuesday the U.S. Attorney's office filed an unopposed motion to dismiss all 17 charges against Tribal Business Committee member John "Chance" Houle.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl Rostad says he won't comment on why the charges were being dropped.
He says he will continue to prosecute five other defendants in the case, including former state Rep. Tony Belcourt.
Belcourt is the CEO of the Chippewa Cree Construction Corp., which is using federal money to build a new pipeline to provide drinking water for the reservation and surrounding areas.
Prosecutors have said cash was diverted from the project to the bank accounts of intermediaries and in a tribal rodeo account controlled by Houle.