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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Yankton still chairman of Spirit Lake Tribe

  • GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Roger Yankton remains chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, at least for now.
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  • GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Roger Yankton remains chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, at least for now.
    Leander "Russ" McDonald, the man chosen to replace Yankton at an emergency general assembly on Sunday, was sworn in as tribal chairman in a traditional ceremony on Monday.
    But McDonald told the Grand Forks Herald he met later with Yankton and the two agreed the tribal constitution requires a formal petition and a recall vote to remove a chairman.
    McDonald, vice president of academics at the tribal college, says a petition is being circulated. He says he would serve as chairman if a petition is filed and the people chose him.

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