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Former Spirit Lake chairman withdraws suit

September 20, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS Roger Yankton Sr. has withdrawn his lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeking relief from a restraining order that had been issued against him by the Spirit Lake Tribal Court. Continue Reading

Former Spirit Lake chairman loses effort at reinstatement

September 7, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS – An appeals court has vacated a Spirit Lake Tribal Court order reinstating Roger Yankton Sr. as tribal chairman, and jubilant opponents of the former leader predicted the long power struggle is over. Continue Reading

Spirit Lake dispute continues: Tribal Council members seek dismissal of former chairman’s federal lawsuit

September 5, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS Members of the Spirit Lake Tribal Council have asked a federal court to throw out a lawsuit brought last month by Roger Yankton Sr., who seeks to regain his position as chairman of the tribe. Continue Reading

Spirit Lake ‘power struggle’ coming to Grand Forks

August 20, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

A tribal appeals court will convene at UND; lawsuit challenges court’s authorityGRAND FORKS — An appeals court has scheduled oral arguments Aug. 30 in Grand Forks on who should be recognized as chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, but ousted Chairman Roger Yankton Sr. claims in a federal lawsuit that he remains the tribe’s duly elected leader and the appeals court has no jurisdiction. Continue Reading

Yankton barred from tribal offices

July 31, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FORT TOTTEN – The Spirit Lake Tribal Court apparently issued a restraining order Wednesday against former Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton Sr., barring Yankton from entering the tribal government building or having any contact with members of the Tribal Council. Continue Reading

Spirit Lake leader removed again, but without replacement

July 18, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FORT TOTTEN – The Spirit Lake Nation is now without a chairman after Roger Yankton was removed from that office by a preliminary decision from an appeals court. Continue Reading

Spirit Lake leader removed again, but without replacement

July 18, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FORT TOTTEN – The Spirit Lake Nation is now without a chairman after Roger Yankton was removed from that office by a preliminary decision from an appeals court. Continue Reading

At Spirit Lake, a confusing round of elections, petitions and court decisions

July 17, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FORT TOTTEN Roger Yankton Sr. returned briefly as chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe on Wednesday, sanctioned by a Tribal Court order, but opponents obtained an emergency injunction from an appeals court which again declared him out of the office he was elected to in 2011. Continue Reading

Yankton reinstated as Spirit Lake chairman

July 16, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FORT TOTTEN – 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. Continue Reading

Petition filed seeking recall of Spirit Lake chairman

June 24, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Opponents of Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton Sr. filed petitions today seeking to recall him as chairman. Continue Reading