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Published April 12, 2013, 04:07 PM

Spirit Lake Nation holds second meeting, questions chairman

Members of the Spirit Lake Nation gathered for a last-second meeting for the second time in as many days to talk about the embattled tribal council. Tribal elders voted Thursday to oust the entire council. But today's meeting showed a deep divide among tribal members.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Members of the Spirit Lake Nation gathered for a last-second meeting for the second time in as many days to talk about the embattled tribal council. Tribal elders voted Thursday to oust the entire council. But today's meeting showed a deep divide among tribal members.

Tensions were high as tribal members both for and against the removal of the council stated their case. Elders at yesterday's meeting say tribal Chairman Roger Yankton violated the tribe's constitution and is no longer the rightful chairman. Yankton made a cameo at the meeting. He faced several pointed questions, but didn't answer them directly, only saying that problems on the tribe were being investigated. His answers only angered tribal elders ever more.

Elder: "We are being neglected as a tribe. Our children are being neglected. You as a person are responsible for all of these issues, but you are not around. The council is not around. You don't listen to us."

Tribal members agreed to an emergency general assembly this Sunday to help settle the controversy once and for all. Yankton wouldn't answer any questions on camera, but we asked him if he thought this challenge to the council will succeed. He says he thinks more tribal members support him than oppose him.

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