Tsuut'ina First Nation elects new chief, unofficial results show

The Tsuut'ina First Nation southwest of Calgary has elected Lee Crowchild as its new chief, denying Roy Whitney's bid to remain as leader.

Mount Royal University instructor Lee Crowchild defeats incumbent Roy Whitney

The Tsuut'ina First Nation has elected Lee Crowchild as its new chief.

The Mount Royal University instructor and former Tsuut'ina teacher defeated current chief Roy Whitney after ballots were counted on Tuesday.

A new council was also elected.

"I ran on a pledge to promote our culture, our spirituality and to preserve our precious environment. I also pledged to head an administration that is prudent, transparent and responsible," Crowchild said in a statement.

"We have amazing resources and potential, my goal is to preserve and grow them responsibly for future generations of Tsuut'ina people."

The results are unofficial and subject to a five-day review by election officials. 

Approximately 70 per cent of nation members cast a ballot.