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Published August 19, 2013, 05:47 PM

Yankon says he's a "virtual prisoner" on Spirit Lake Nation

Former Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton is speaking out, saying illegal restraints have made him a "virtual prisoner" on the Spirit Lake Reservation.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Former Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton is speaking out, saying illegal restraints have made him a "virtual prisoner" on the Spirit Lake Reservation.

Yankton's lawyer, Vance Gillette of New Town, North Dakota, released a statement saying a restraining order banning Yankton from tribal offices is illegal. The tribal council voted to ban him last month, after an appeals court struck down a tribal court decision, effectively ousting him from the Chairman's seat. Gillette says the order deprives Yankton of due process. He also reiterates Yankton's claim that the appeals court is not affiliated with Spirit Lake, and can not make rulings for the tribe. The appeals court still plans to hear the case. Oral arguments are scheduled for August 30th, at the UND Law School in Grand Forks.

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