STAFF BLOG THE DULLUM FILE Williams & Ree, Connie and Me
Had a great time at the party last night to celebrate Spirit Lake Casino's expansion. Stretching almost the entire length of the resort's new Red Willow and Cedar Ballrooms, the buffet table may... Posted on 2/27/10 at 12:00 AM
Mark Little Owl, hired last summer by the Spirit Lake Sioux to manage the tribe’s beleaguered child protection program, faces assault and other charges in connection with an Aug. 21 domestic disturbance at a Grand Forks apartment.
A group of Spirit Lake tribal members protested at the tribal council meeting today demanding more transparency on what it's doing to fix the social services system. They say reports of child abuse and negligence go unanswered.
A federal official who has repeatedly reported allegations of child abuse at Spirit Lake Nation wrote Tuesday to complain that investigators have failed to take action to protect victims from ongoing abuse.
The spotlight has shined harshly on the Spirit Lake Nation this year as allegations of child abuse and neglect piled up because of lapses in the tribe's social services program. For domestic violence awareness month the tribe is trying to prevent situations like that from happening again.
Children and pregnant women at the Spirit Lake and Turtle Mountain Indian reservations in northeastern North Dakota will receive increased home visitation services thanks to a $3.5 million federal grant announced this week.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is taking over the social services program on the Spirit Lake Nation. The decision comes after months of controversy and a week-long BIA review of changes the tribe made to the program.
The chairman of the Spirit Lake tribe has responded to months of criticism from a federal administrator over tribal social services. Chairman Roger Yankton says the accusations against the tribe are nothing but rumors and hearsay.
Child Abuse on the Spirit Lake reservation has grabbed the attention of federal and BIA officials, who are in Fort Totten this week discussing what can be done with tribal leaders. But for those who have been following the controversy for months, it appears nothing has been done to improve child welfare on the reservation.
At the urging of Senator Kent Conrad the Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs joined other federal officials in Fort Totten today to discuss ongoing problems with the tribe's social services programs.
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