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Leaders of Yankton Sioux Tribe question suspension from council

Six leaders of the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota say they were wrongly suspended from office.

Vice Chairwoman Ida Ashes and all five members of the Business and Claims Committee were suspended for 30 days without pay after they canceled a general council meeting. They say the tribe's court has issued an injunction that should have prevented their suspension.

But the six leaders have already been replaced by temporary replacements, tribal member Frances Zephier told The Mitchell Daily Republic. She said the six leaders could be removed from office permanently once the 30-day period is up.

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