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Group hopes to bring Spirit Lake Tribal Members to Washington for a hearing on child welfare

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Officials are hoping to get answers at a congressional oversight hearing on child welfare concerns on the Spirit Lake Nation. 

And a group is hoping to bring tribal members to Washington to see the hearing in person.

A house subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs will try to dig deeper into problems surrounding social services on the Spirit Lake Nation.

The meeting is set for June 24th in Washington DC.

The hearing comes after years of controversy and several child deaths on the reservation.

Betty Jo Krenz, a former tribal social worker and one of the first to raise concerns about child safety on Spirit Lake, is raising money to bring tribal members to Washington for the meeting.

The campaign has raised more than $1,500 so far.

North Dakota Congress Kevin Cramer is part of the house committee holding the hearing.

He says he hopes congress will soon have a better picture of what's happening to children on Spirit Lake.

Rep. Kevin Cramer, Indian And Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee said, "Why are we not hearing more? We need more transparency. What progress is being made? If no progress is being made, what do you need from congress to help?"

Cramer says he's not sure who will testify at the meeting. The committee invited whistleblowers, tribal, BIA and federal officials to the hearing.

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Adam Ladwig

Adam Ladwig joined WDAZ as the Devils Lake bureau reporter in January, 2012. Prior to that he reported for KDUH-TV in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Adam has won multiple awards during his time at WDAZ, including an Eric Sevareid award and a Regional Emmy Award as part of team coverage during the search for Anthony Kuznia.  A Colorado native, Adam graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Journalism. He misses the Rocky Mountains, but the kind people of North Dakota more than make up for that. He is thrilled to be in the Lake Region, telling stories that matter. In his spare time, Adam is usually futilely attempting to get in shape, or cheering for his beloved Denver Broncos.