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Published June 18, 2013, 04:07 PM

FBI corrects earlier report, investigation continues in death of 3-year-old girl on Spirit Lake Nation

It's been six days since the FBI launched an investigation into the death of a three-year-old girl on the spirit lake reservation. Today the FBI said it mistakenly reported the sex of the child as male. No other new information about the case had been made public. The lack of information is frustrating child advocates working for the safety of children on the reservation.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

It's been six days since the FBI launched an investigation into the death of a three-year-old girl on the spirit lake reservation. Today the FBI said it mistakenly reported the sex of the child as male. No other new information about the case had been made public. The lack of information is frustrating child advocates working for the safety of children on the reservation.

WDAZ talked with a tribal member whose niece died on the reservation last year. She says investigators kept her out of the loop then, similar to what is happening now. All we know is that a three-year-old girl was found dead at this house on BIA route Four near Saint Michael. All the FBI will say is that an investigation is ongoing. The BIA police have no comment.

Tribal member Patricia Anderson says she went through the same struggle last year, when her two-month-old niece died in Saint Michael. She says she was turned away when she tried to get answers from investigators. She says even though laws may be different on indian reservations, it would be best for everyone if investigators were more forthcoming.

Anderson: "We're adults. We can take it. Why not? Why is everything such a big secret? We're a sovereign nation, but we still breed and breathe and eat, hurt for our kids just like everybody else."

Anderson and other child advocates say despite a BIA takeover of tribal social services, conditions on the reservation are no better for children. They encourage the tribe to be more open and accept more help from the federal government to help fix the program.

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