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More Drama Over Spirit Lake Nation Chairman

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The Spirit Lake Nation tribal council has appealed a court ruling reinstating embattled chairman Roger Yankton Sr. 

Yankton returned briefly as chairman on Wednesday, but opponents obtained an emergency injunction from the Northern Plains Intertribal Court of Appeals in Aberdeen, SD, which declared him out of office. 

That effectively restores Leander "Russ" McDonald to the chairmanship until further court proceedings.

Until Wednesday, there had been no process of appeal from the tribal court because Yankton had not renewed a contract with the appeals court in mid-2011.

But the tribal council had met earlier Wednesday and voted to renew the tribe's contract with Northern Plains.

It was the second such swearing-in for McDonald, an administrator at the tribal college.

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