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Rep. Kevin Cramer joins 2 ND Senators to fight to try to keep kids safe on Indian Reservations

Congressman Kevin Cramer is joining North Dakota's two senators in offering legislation to help protect children on Indian Reservations. Congressman Cramer says he wants to make sure no children are placed in harms way on Indian Reservations.

Cramer introduced the "Native American Children's Safety Act" in the House of Representatives. Senator John Hoeven introduced a version of the same bill in the Senate in April.

The proposed law would ensure background checks are performed on all adults in a home before a tribal court can place a foster child in that home.

There is currently no universal standard for foster homes on tribal lands.

Cramer says the bill would create the same standard for every child in the country, both on and off reservations.

Rep. Kevin Cramer said, "It requires a national criminal background check as well as a check in multiple states that they used to live in to make sure there's no child abuse or neglect in their history."

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp is also pushing for legislation to help kids on reservations. Earlier this year she introduced a bill to create a commission to study issues facing native children.

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.

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