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Published November 14, 2013, 07:45 PM

Federal task force looks at impact of violence against American Indian children

A federal task force is set to look at the impact of violence against American Indian children on December 9th in Bismarck. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement Wednesday during the Tribal Nations Conference in Washington - which Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Russ McDonald attended.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

A federal task force is set to look at the impact of violence against American Indian children on December 9th in Bismarck. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement Wednesday during the Tribal Nations Conference in Washington - which Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Russ McDonald attended.

This task force is two fold. One part is a 12-member advisory group co-chaired by former Senator Byron Dorgan. The second part is a group from the Department of Justice, which will be headed by U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Tim Purdon. More than 560 tribal leaders attended the Fifth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington.

As the former chair of the Senate Indian Affairs committee, Senator Dorgan has been an advocate for American Indian children for years. The 12-member advisory committee is made up of experts from all over the country who specialize in Indian child welfare, substance abuse and child trauma. U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon says this group brings in experience from a variety of different fields that will help protect American Indian children.

The December 9th meeting in Bismarck will be the first of four across the country.

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