Former Omaha Tribe Officals Plead Not Guilty to Theft

Two former Omaha Tribe of Nebraska officials have pleaded not guilty to theft of tribal funds. 53-year-old Amen Sheridan and 53-year-old Julia Whiteskunk of Walthill were indicted in last month on two counts each. Court documents say the two illegally used $4,000 in tribal housing authority funds as a down payment for a house they bought together in 2009. They also are accused of moving more than $50,000 in restricted housing funds into a tribal account, then issuing a $30,000 check from the account to Sheridan. Sheridan is a former tribal chairman. Whiteskunk was the executive director of the tribal housing authority.