Officials from the Administration for Children and Families, a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services, are on the Spirit Lake Nation today to try to figure out how to keep children safe on the reservation.
The safety of children on the Spirit Lake Reservation was in the national spotlight Wednesday. The tribal chairman spent the day in Washington testifying in support of stricter standards for relative care and foster homes on reservations.
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.
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