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Spirit Lake chairman removed from office
This Thursday, all Spirit Lake council members, with the exception of Roger Yankton, voted to uphold Wednesday's Intertribal Appellate Court ruling that stayed Yankton's installation as chairman.
Thursday, July, 18, 2013 - WDAZ - News

Lawmakers react to Spirit Lake leadership struggle
While there is a lot of uncertainty about leadership on the Spirit Lake Reservation Wednesday night, lawmakers make it clear they will continue to press for better child safety regulations on the reservation.
Thursday, July, 18, 2013 - WDAZ - News

Spirit Lake leadership uncertain
About an hour after Wednesday's swearing-in ceremony, the Northern Plains Intertribal Court of Appeals in Aberdeen, S.D. issued a stay on Tuesday's ruling that Roger Yankton should be reinstalled as chairman of the Spirit Lake Tribal Council.
Wednesday, July, 17, 2013 - WDAZ - News

Yankton reinstated as tribal chairman
Roger Yankton is back as the Spirit Lake Nation's chairman after winning an appeal at tribal court, tribal Secretary Nancy Green Robertson confirmed Tuesday.
Wednesday, July, 17, 2013 - WDAZ - News

St. Michael woman pleads guilty to felony child abuse, witness tampering
A St. Michael woman pleaded guilty Monday to felony child abuse and witness tampering in the death of her step granddaughter last month.
Monday, July, 15, 2013 - WDAZ - News

Native Spirit: Hailey Crosswhite
Every month Adam Ladwig explores Native American culture in "Native Spirit". This evening he introduces us to Hailey Crosswhite, a Spirit Lake teen representing North Dakota at the Miss Collegiate America pageant.
Monday, July, 15, 2013 - WDAZ - News

Former Spirit Lake Tribal Judge speaks out
Former Spirit Lake Tribal Judge Shirley Cain speaks out about why she thinks she was fired from tribal court. She says former tribal chairman Roger Yankton let her go as a political move after the death of 2-year-old Laurynn Whiteshield on the reservation three weeks ago.
Wednesday, July, 03, 2013 - WDAZ - News

Heitkamp, McDonald meet to discuss child welfare on Spirit Lake Nation
Senator Heidi Heitkamp says she's committed to working with newly elected Spirit Lake tribal chairman Russ McDonald to help fix the tribes embattled social services program. The two met today in Devils Lake to discuss how the tribe and the federal government can work together.
Tuesday, July, 02, 2013 - WDAZ - News

Yankton outed, McDonald named Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman
Spirit Lake tribal Chairman Roger Yankton is out, after an overwhelming majority of tribal members vote to recall him. Tribal members named a new chairman as well, bringing resolution to a controversy that has been swirling for months on the reservation.
Monday, July, 01, 2013 - WDAZ - News

Spirit Lake foster parent says children taken away because of false accusations
A foster parent on the Spirit Lake reservation says she lost her four foster children because of lies told against about her. She says she's worried for the children's safety, but says tribal chairman Roger Yankton has done nothing to address the issue.
Friday, June, 28, 2013 - WDAZ - News

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.
Thursday, June, 27, 2013 - WDAZ - News

New details in Spirit Lake toddler's death
We have new information Wednesday in the recent death of a child on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. The step grandmother accused of killing her two-year-old step granddaughter was in court today. Hope Louise Tomahawk Whiteshield is being charged with criminal neglect and child abuse. Today was her detention hearing and she will be held in custody until her trial.
Wednesday, June, 26, 2013 - WDAZ - News

Spirit Lake Chief Judge ousted
Chief Tribal Judge Shirley Cain is out at the Spirit Lake Tribal Court. Sources at Spirit Lake say Cain had given 30 days notice of her resignation, but the tribe decided to oust her immediately.
Wednesday, June, 26, 2013 - WDAZ - News

Hearing postponed for suspect in Spirit Lake toddler's death
A Spirit Lake toddler was laid to rest Monday, following a wake and prayer service on Sunday. 2-year-old Laurynn Whiteshield died two weeks ago on the Spirit Lake Reservation.
Tuesday, June, 25, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

Petition to remove Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman submitted Monday
Petitions were turned in today in an effort to remove Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton from office. Organizers have been collecting signatures for well over a month. They say they've got nearly 600 people to say it's time for Yankton to go.
Monday, June, 24, 2013 - WDAZ - News

Hoeven, Heitkamp take action after child death on Spirit Lake Nation
A week has passed since the two-year-old girl died on the Spirit Lake Reservation. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Senator John Hoeven have voiced their concern and anger toward the situation. Today they're taking action to secure the protection of children.
Thursday, June, 20, 2013 - WDAZ - News

St. Michael Woman arrested in Spirit Lake child death investigation
A 31-year old Saint Michael woman appeared in U-S District Court in Grand Forks today after being charged with child abuse and neglect in last week's death of a three-year-old girl on the Spirit Lake reservation.
Thursday, June, 20, 2013 - WDAZ - News

Heitkamp, lawmakers furious with continued lack of information in Spirit Lake child's death
Lawmakers are downright angry and calling for action following the death of a 3-year old girl on the Spirit Lake Reservation last week. Senator Heidi Heitkamp says it's "all hands on deck" in figuring out a way to save at-risk children on the reservation. It's been six days since the child died and today the FBI still has no new details.
Thursday, June, 20, 2013 - WDAZ - News

FBI corrects earlier report, investigation continues in death of 3-year-old girl on Spirit Lake Nation
It's been six days since the FBI launched an investigation into the death of a three-year-old girl on the spirit lake reservation. Today the FBI said it mistakenly reported the sex of the child as male. No other new information about the case had been made public. The lack of information is frustrating child advocates working for the safety of children on the reservation.
Tuesday, June, 18, 2013 - WDAZ - News

FBI corrects earlier statement regarding child's death on Spirit Lake Nation
FBI officials have corrected a report regarding the investigation into the death of a toddler on the Spirit Lake Nation.
Tuesday, June, 18, 2013 - WDAZ - News

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