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Published August 29, 2013, 10:21 AM

Spirit Lake Tribal Council fires Social Services Director

The Spirit Lake Tribal Council has confirmed that Interim Director of Social Services Paul Hutchinson has been fired. Hutchinson succeeded previous director Mark Little Owl. The decision was made in a council meeting Monday.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

The Spirit Lake Tribal Council has confirmed that Interim Director of Social Services Paul Hutchinson has been fired. Hutchinson succeeded previous director Mark Little Owl. The decision was made in a council meeting Monday.

The council has selected a new director of Social Services, Robert O'Keefe. O'Keefe is completing a Master's degree in social work at the University of North Dakota. He is not of Native American descent. Council members say they are unsure when O'Keefe's first day in office will be. They are currently in salary negotiations. Hutchinson's last day will likely be Friday. The council has offered no comment at this time regarding the reason for Hutchinson's termination.

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