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Published December 08, 2010, 05:09 PM

Spirit Lake Tribe Adopts Strategic Plan

More than 100 federal and state officials met Wednesday in Fort Totten to discuss what needs to be done to overcome issues on the Spirit Lake Reservation.

More than 100 federal and state officials met Wednesday in Fort Totten to discuss what needs to be done to overcome issues on the Spirit Lake Reservation.

At 8:30 am, the Spirit Lake Tribal Council adopted its strategic plan and pledge that changes will be made on the Spirit Lake Reservation.

Agencies including FEMA, the EPA, Senators' offices and the tribal council spent the day in meetings, so they can better understand what needs to be done to help the Spirit Lake Tribe.

The plan includes five key topics that were developed by members of the tribe and also the younger generations.

The topics were substance abuse, lack of housing, lack of recreation, lack of emergency respons, .and economic development.

Spirit Lake Tribal Chairwoman Myra Pearson says even though she signed the paper today, it's not about the current tribal council.

"Our future lies in those youth that I'm talking about. Thats why I think its important and as long as I can make it possible, they're going to remain involved," explained Pearson.

Pearson says the hard work is just beginning, but she has support from the tribe.

The strategic plan has been in the works since 2007 and they hope to have things accomplished by 2013.

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