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Associated Press, Published April 15 2013

Leadership of Spirit Lake Nation in dispute

FORT TOTTEN, N.D. — Members of the Spirit Lake Nation have voted to oust chairman Roger Yankton over concerns about his leadership, but it's unclear whether he has been removed from office.

The tribe's constitution says a petition is needed to remove a chairman, and opponents say they expect a legal battle.

Yankton didn't attend the Sunday meeting of the tribal general assembly. He did appear at a meeting of elders on Friday and offered assurances that his administration would look into problems, such as ineffective child protection services on the reservation.

The assembly chose tribal college administrator Leander "Russ" McDonald as the new chairman. He was sworn in as chairman Monday, but some tribal officials say Yankton remains in charge.


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