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Yankton Wins Appeal, Back as Spirit Lake Nation Chairman

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A Spirit Lake Nation official says Roger Yankton Sr. is back as the tribe's chairman after winning an appeal at tribal court. 

Tribal Secretary Nancy Green Robertson says Yankton is expected to be sworn in Wednesday in Fort Totten. 

Leander "Russ" McDonald, the man tribal members picked to replace Yankton, will be sworn in as a member of the Tribal Council representing the Fort Totten District. 

Earlier this month, tribal members voted 284-145 to recall Yankton in a vote prompted by recall petitions accusing him of corruption, intimidation and ineffective leadership. 

McDonald, vice president for academic affairs at Candeska Cikana Community College, was sworn in as the new chairman. 

The tribe has gone through years of upheaval, particularly with its child protection system.

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