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Published June 27, 2013, 04:13 PM

Hearing scheduled to determine fate of Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman

After months of complaints about Spirit Lake tribal council leadership and even a symbolic vote to oust Chairman Roger Yankton, a recall meeting has finally been scheduled to determine Yankton's fate once and for all.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

After months of complaints about Spirit Lake tribal council leadership and even a symbolic vote to oust Chairman Roger Yankton, a recall meeting has finally been scheduled to determine Yankton's fate once and for all.

Petitioners successfully collected enough signatures to prompt the recall hearing, but they say their work isn't done yet. The recall meeting is scheduled for Monday at ten A-M at Four Winds School. Supporters of the petition are urging tribal members to make sure to attend. The Spirit Lake election board validated 547 signatures on the petition, which accuses chairman Roger Yankton's tribal government of corruption and secrecy. That's only seven more signatures than the minimum needed. Most of those people will likely be at Monday's recall hearing. Only eligible Spirit Lake voters will be able to attend the meeting, and only those there will decide whether Yankton stays or goes. The hearing will be the end of a long process for petitioners.

If Yankton is voted out, there will be a second vote to determine a new tribal chairman, and they will be sworn in at the meeting. If Yankton survives the vote, no one can petition to remove him from office for a year.

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