An appeals court has scheduled oral arguments Aug. 30 in Grand Forks on who should be recognized as chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, but ousted Chairman Roger Yankton Sr. claims in a federal lawsuit that he remains the tribe’s duly elected leader and the appeals court has no jurisdiction.
Opponents of Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton Sr. filed petitions Monday seeking to recall him as chairman. Erich Longie said the documents contain about 580 names, or about 40 more than they were told are required by tribal law.
Spirit Lake Nation members seeking to remove Roger Yankton Sr. as tribal chairman said Thursday they have more than the required number of signatures to force a recall vote, but they’ll continue to collect signatures.
Correspondence obtained by Forum Communications between the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Spirit Lake Tribe over the past six months shows the federal agency persistently urging the tribe to fix serious problems in its management of Tribal Social Services.
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