Ousted Spirit Lake Nation leader vows to fight
FORT TOTTEN, N.D. (AP) _ The Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota has a new leader, but the tribe's ousted chairman says he will fight to get his job back.
Tribal members on Monday voted 284-145 to recall chairman Roger Yankton Sr., in a vote prompted by recall petitions accusing him of corruption, intimidation and ineffective leadership. Tribal college vice president Leander ``Russ'' McDonald was sworn in as the new chairman.
McDonald says the tribe's leaders need to focus on its constitution, and move forward. But Yankton says he isn't going to leave quietly. He says he's going to tribal court to challenge the validity of the recall petitions.
The tribe has gone through months of upheaval, particularly with its child protection system. The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs took over that system last October.