Joseph Morsette was sworn in Monday as chief judge for the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe near Devils Lake. Morsette, 46, just left his job Friday at UND directing the Native Americans Into Law program, recruiting Indian students to the state’s only law school.
New leaders on the Spirit Lake Nation are making an effort to repair the tribe's Social Services system, after several children have been killed or injured in the last several years. Tuesday they met with state leaders to find out ways to get more funding for the social services program.
A familiar figure is now the newest member of the Spirit Lake tribal council. Clarise Brownshield was sworn in as the Fort Totten representative Tuesday morningg, only five months after losing the seat in an election.
Spirit Lake Tribal Members gathered Friday for yet another recall election, the third on the reservation this year. Tribal Secretary Nancy Greene-Robertson's seat on the tribal council was at stake this time.
According to the tribe's website, linked here, the Spirit Lake Nation is holding a recall hearing for Tribal Secretary-Treasurer Nancy Greene-Robertson this Friday, October 25 at 10:00 am at the Spirit Lake Casino auditorium.
The unofficial election results are in for the Fort Totten seat on the Spirit Lake Tribal Council. Of 17 candidates vying for a spot on the election ballot -- Clarise Brownshield and Shelly Luger will move on. Those results according to Tribal Chairman Russ McDonald.
Meanwhile on Spirit Lake, tribal members gathered Friday to protest a cancelled recall vote against a tribal council member. Tribal members gathered in Saint Michael, where a vote was originally scheduled to determine the fate of tribal council member Madrell Lewis.
North Dakota Senator John Hoeven says children on the Spirit Lake reservation should not be a casualty of the government shutdown. The BIA took over child protection services on the reservation last year after several children were killed and injured.
It was October first 2012 when the Bureau of Indian Affairs took over child protection services on the Spirit Lake Nation. One year to the day after that event, the government shutdown immediately reduced the effectiveness the BIA can have helping children on the reservation. Funding has been cut off, leaving BIA social services short staffed, which has tribal leaders concerned.
The chairman of the Spirit Lake Nation has cancelled a scheduled re-vote to recall the Saint Michael representative on the tribal council. The vote was scheduled for Friday, after an initial vote to decide the fate of council member Mardell Lewis ended in a tie.
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