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Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton Voted Out

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A source from inside the meeting alerted Valley News Live the votes are in for a new chairman.

Russel McDonald- 190

Robert Thompson-52

Skip Longie-51



Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton, Sr. was voted out Monday afternoon. The vote was 284 to remove to 145 to retain.

A recall vote for Tribal Chairman was called by Vice Chairman Joel Redfox after a petition presented by tribal members who oppose Yankton.  They accuse him of failing to provide effective day-to-day leadership, of corruption and of using intimidating tactics against critics.

Currently there are 3 nominations taken for a successor. A second ballot will be taken and a new chairman sworn in.

Fifteen Bureau of Indian Affairs officers are providing security at the school in Fort Totten as members of the Spirit Lake Nation meet. The Meeting is currently closed to media.

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