New Allegations Against Spirit Lake Tribal ChairmanThe hits keep coming for the Spirit Lake Nation. Now, the former head of tribal social services tells federal officials he shredded documents and purposely placed children in dangerous situations on direct orders from the tribal chairman.
By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ
The hits keep coming for the Spirit Lake Nation. Now, the former head of tribal social services tells federal officials he shredded documents and purposely placed children in dangerous situations on direct orders from the tribal chairman.
Those allegations are detailed in a report by Thomas Sullivan with the administration for children and families. It's the third report he's sent to the B-I-A.
The report states former social services director Kevin Dauphinais told Sullivan tribal chairman Roger Yankton instructed him to shred Social Services documents.
Dauphinais also says he expressed fears that children were being placed in dangerous situations, but that those concerns were ignored.
The report offers several examples of tribal children being placed back with abusive parents and accounts of negligence on the part of the tribe.
Former tribal social worker Betty Jo Krenz hopes the report leads to change.
Krenz: "And I hope that's strong enough that either North Dakota or the federal government, the BIA, somebody, can step in now and do something to make sure these kids that were put into unsafe homes will be put into safe homes."
The report states it appears tribal leadership hasn't done anything to actually help children on the reservation, but only to cover up the abuse.
Tribal leaders are out of town today, so I was unable to reach them for comment.