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Lawmakers react to potential change in leadership for Spirit Lake Nation

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A recall vote next week could lead to a change in leadership on the Spirit Lake Nation.

A new tribal chairperson would inherit long-standing problems on the reservation, including child welfare issues that have plagued the tribe for years.

A new chairperson would also inherit the responsibility to work with federal and BIA officials to fix those problems.

Adam Ladwig reached out to North Dakota's congressional delegation to see how a new chairperson might affect the tribe's relationship with Washington.

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.