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Cain out as Spirit Lake chief judge
FORT TOTTEN, N.D. -- Shirley Cain, chief judge of the Spirit Lake Tribal Court, was removed from office Wednesday by order of the Tribal Council. Cain said she had tendered her resignation Friday, making it effective in 30 days, as required by her contract with the tribe, but she...
June 27, 2013 - 7:08am
April 29, 2013
Keeping children safe a challenge
GRAND FORKS -- On a Spirit Lake reservation torn by factional infighting, the leader of an American Indian advocacy group arrives to find 25 percent of all Dakota Indian children living in foster care with white families. Two months later, five Dakota mothers and the tribal chairman...
April 29, 2013 - 7:19am
April 22, 2013
BIA sees Yankton as leader
GRAND FORKS -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs continues to recognize Roger Yankton Sr. as chairman of the Spirit Lake Nation, a spokeswoman said. In...
April 22, 2013 - 4:45am
April 14, 2013
Dakotas tribe holding hearings about foster care
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.
April 14, 2013 - 10:00am
April 8, 2013
Spirit Lake under renewed scrutiny
GRAND FORKS -- The Spirit Lake Nation has endured a great deal of scrutiny and harsh commentary over the past year concerning the safety of its children, and the scrutiny ramped up again following the recent furor over comments Rep.
April 8, 2013 - 4:45am
March 18, 2013
Man pleads guilty for role in gang fight
BISMARCK (AP) -- A North Dakota man has pleaded guilty for his role in a gang fight on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Thirty-two-year-old Joey White Eagle, of Fort Totten, is charged with assault for the April 2010 melee. Federal court documents show that White Eagle used...
March 18, 2013 - 6:00am
March 4, 2013
Documentary follows Sioux woman's struggle
GRAND FORKS -- The Spirit Lake Nation's continuing efforts to deal with deficiencies in its child protection system is about to get another...
March 4, 2013 - 7:16am
February 3, 2013
Ad shows health care benefits for Native Americans
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota officials are launching a video campaign on an exclusive Native American TV network to talk about health care benefits. The state Insurance Department and Indian Affairs Commission are combining on the video, which will be shown on the GoodHealthTV...
February 3, 2013 - 2:00pm
January 12, 2013
Tribal members hurry to take part in Obama inauguration
FARGO -- When Prairie Rose Seminole received a call about North Dakota Native American participation in President Obama's inauguration parade on Jan.
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January 12, 2013 - 8:07am
December 10, 2012
Feds will pay Indians for mismanaging accounts
December 10, 2012 - 6:25am
November 12, 2012
Baby addicted to methamphetamine returned to mom at Spirit Lake
FARGO -- A baby born addicted to methamphetamine reportedly has been returned to a mother from the Spirit Lake reservation who an official said failed to submit to drug tests. The 4-month-old infant was hospitalized for a month before being placed in foster care until last week,...
November 12, 2012 - 9:00am
Steps at Spirit Lake
FARGO -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs has handled more than a hundred reports of suspected child abuse or neglect on the Spirit Lake reservation since taking over social services Oct. 1. The BIA has new procedures for placing children in foster homes, including ensuring there are...
November 12, 2012 - 5:49am
November 5, 2012
Official: Tribe's children still at risk
FARGO -- A child who routinely soiled underpants as a defense against rape. Little boys brazenly engaging in outdoor sex acts. Children left in homes with known sexual predators. Those incidents are among an alleged "ongoing epidemic" of children who remain at risk on North Dakota's...
November 5, 2012 - 9:30am
October 1, 2012
Spirit Lake cut off from any appeals
FARGO -- The door to the appeals courtroom has been slammed shut for more than a year for American Indian residents of Spirit Lake Nation.
October 1, 2012 - 5:15am
September 17, 2012
On reservation, rec center puts offenders' photos on display
FORT TOTTEN, N.D. -- Jon Lawrence cradles his 2-year-old daughter, Sophia, as he surveys the 36 photographs in a glass case at the entrance to the Spirit Lake Recreation Center, a gathering place and playground for children of the reservation. The 36 men who look back at Lawrence,...
September 17, 2012 - 6:45am