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Published July 01, 2013, 10:54 AM

Spirit Lake Nation deciding chairman's future

FORT TOTTEN, N.D. (AP) — Fifteen Bureau of Indian Affairs officers are providing security at the school in Fort Totten as members of the Spirit Lake Nation gather to decide whether Roger Yankton Sr. should remain as tribal chairman.

FORT TOTTEN, N.D. (AP) — Fifteen Bureau of Indian Affairs officers are providing security at the school in Fort Totten as members of the Spirit Lake Nation gather to decide whether Roger Yankton Sr. should remain as tribal chairman.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that the Monday morning assembly was called by Vice Chairman Joel Redfox following certification of a recall petition presented by tribal members who oppose Yankton. The Tribal Council voted earlier to bar reporters from the meeting.

Yankton was being offered a chance to address the meeting, as were tribal members who want him out of the office. They accuse him of failing to provide effective day-to-day leadership, of corruption and of using intimidating tactics against critics.

Yankton declined comment to the Herald before the meeting.

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