Yankton, Spirit Lake Tribal Council offer little comment on restraining orderBoth disputed chairman Roger Yankton and the tribal council are remaining quiet after the council got a restraining order Thursday evening banning Yankton from tribal offices.
Both disputed chairman Roger Yankton and the tribal council are remaining quiet after the council got a restraining order Thursday evening banning Yankton from tribal offices. The tribal council spent Thursday focusing on pressing safety issues on the reservation.
The council asked for the restraining order after Yankton tried to run a general assembly meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
The tribal council voted last week to uphold an appeals court ruling baring Yankton from the chairman's seat. Tribal Secretary Nancy Greene Robertson says the council was following protocol by getting the restraining order. The rest of the council was in Bismarck meeting with other tribes and state and federal officials, discussing safety on reservations.
Child safety has been a hot topic on Spirit Lake and multiple young children have died on the reservation in the last several years.
"When it comes to violent crime on the reservation, we're always concerned about those most vulnerable victims, whether it's a child victim or a Native American woman victim of domestic violence," said U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon.
The appeals court for Spirit Lake says it will schedule a hearing to determine who is tribal chairman once and for all on or around August ninth. Roger Yankton hasn't returned multiple messages asking for a comment on the restraining order. Neither has tribal council member Russ McDonald, who will be named chairman if the appeals court forces Yankton out permanently.