Yankton out as Spirit Lake Nation chairmanFORT TOTTEN, N.D. (AP) — Roger Yankton Sr. has been ousted as Spirit Lake Nation tribal chairman.
FORT TOTTEN, N.D. (AP) — Roger Yankton Sr. has been ousted as Spirit Lake Nation tribal chairman.
The Grand Forks Herald reports that tribal members voted 284-145 Monday to recall the chairman. The assembly was called by Vice Chairman Joel Redfox following certification of a recall petition presented by tribal members who oppose Yankton.
Members nominated three men to replace Yankton — tribal college administrator Russ McDonald, Phillip Longie Sr., and Robert Thompson Jr.
Tribal members who wanted Yankon out of the office accused 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.
Fifteen Bureau of Indian Affairs officers are providing security at the school in Fort Totten