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Published April 16, 2013, 03:45 PM

Tribal members cast votes for council seats

After a tense week on the Spirit Lake Nation tribal members are getting the chance to voice their opinion at the ballot box. Today's primary elections will decide who runs for two tribal council seats, including the one held by suspended council member Clarice Brownshield.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

After a tense week on the Spirit Lake Nation tribal members are getting the chance to voice their opinion at the ballot box. Today's primary elections will decide who runs for two tribal council seats, including the one held by suspended council member Clarice Brownshield.

Voters say the latest round of controversy on the Spirit Lake reservation actually has had little effect on their decisions in the voting booth. All voters we talked to today say they've made their voting decisions long ago, before Brownshield came forward with allegations of corruption and a group of tribal members voted to oust chairman Roger Yankton. They say they don't have an allegiance to any one candidate, they're simply voting for candidates they think will do the most good.

Tribal members do say they're concerned about the state of current tribal leadership, and hope this election can bring some positive direction to the council.

Chairman Roger Yankton isn't up for re-election, but vice-chairman Duane Jackson, who represents the Saint Michael district, is. The top two vote-getters in each district will move on to a runoff election for the council seat in two weeks.

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