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Spirit Lake Tribe

8/28/2017

article Governor spends much of Friday with leaders of the Spirit Lake Nation
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota’s governor Doug Burgum has been traveling around the state meeting with members of the tribal nations who share the high plains....

8/1/2017

article New centralized Head Start building aims to help children, families in Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- Looking out from cafeteria windows at the Spirit Lake Nation's Head Start facility onto green hills of buffalo pasture, Cynthia Lindquist can...

5/20/2017

article Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in northeast ND debates allowing alcohol at casino
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake Tribal Council is looking at allowing alcohol to be served at its casino on Devils Lake. A vote had been scheduled for Tuesday, but the...

5/19/2017

article Spirit Lake Casino And Resort delays vote on whether to permit alcohol sales
(North Dakota) -- In North Dakota, the federally-recognized Spirit Lake Tribe has reportedly postponed a controversial vote on whether to permit the sale and consumption...

5/18/2017

article Spirit Lake Tribe Considering Alcohol Sales at Tribal Casino
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake Tribal Council is considering allowing alcohol sales at the Sioux tribe's casino. Alcohol has been banned on the reservation for...

5/17/2017

article Tribal Council suspends vote on alcohol sales at Spirit Lake Casino
(North Dakota) -- A vote to allow alcohol to be sold at Spirit Lake Casino has been postponed by the Spirit Lake Tribal Council. The vote, which was scheduled for...

9/23/2016

article Woman named in suspicious death investigation at Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks has identified the person who is the focus of a suspicious death investigation on the Spirit Lake Reservation. The broadcaster...

7/15/2016

article Spirit Lake community continues to rise up against meth abuse
(North Dakota) -- Unlike any other region of the United States, an Indian reservation is unique in that the enforcement of laws is often quite complex. Tribes across the...

6/6/2016

article Spirit Lake man pleads guilty to murder after killing friend with his car
(North Dakota) -- A Spirit Lake man who was supposed to go to trial Tuesday in federal court instead struck an agreement and pleaded guilty Monday to the murder of a...

4/19/2016

article Details emerge in stabbing on Spirit Lake Reservation
(North Dakota) -- An argument led to a Spirit Lake man stabbing and killing one man and critically injuring another before striking one of them with a pickup more than a...

4/18/2016

article Details emerge in stabbing on Spirit Lake Reservation
(North Dakota) -- An argument led to a Spirit Lake man stabbing and killing one man and critically injuring another before striking one of them with a pickup more than a...
article Man charged with murder after two bodies found in ditch on Spirit Lake Reservation
(North Dakota) -- A man has been charged with murder and attempted murder on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in connection with an incident last weekend. Dallas Wayne...

4/11/2016

article Spirit Lake resident turns 100 years old, celebrated by tribe
(North Dakota) -- Saturday, April 9, 2016, was declared Steven Hoksina, Hinhan Maza (Iron Owl) Day as the community of Spirit Lake celebrated his 100th birthday. Hoksina...

3/9/2016

article Spirit Lake Tribe receives federal funding for diabetes treatment
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota’s congressional delegation has announced $542,416 in federal funding for diabetes treatment and prevention for the Spirit Lake Tribe.

2/25/2016

article Spirit Lake holding substance abuse summit
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake Nation issued a “State of Emergency” declaration on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 in response to the wide-spread, mounting problem...

12/9/2015

article 22 arrested in large-scale warrant operation on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation and in the Devils Lake area
(North Dakota) -- Law enforcement officers have made 22 arrests in a large-scale warrant operation on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation and in the Devils Lake area...

10/20/2015

article U.S. Attorney on Spirit Lake Reservation Killing: Shooting was Justified
(North Dakota) -- U.S. Attorney Chris Myers says a federal officer was justified in shooting and killing a man on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. BIA Officer Terry...

10/6/2015

article Spirit Lake to get $973K from feds to renovate mini-mall
(North Dakota) -- USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Lisa Mensah joined U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp Monday to announce that the Spirit Lake Tribe will receive a $973...

8/26/2015

article Spirit Lake declares state of emergency in fight against rampant drug trafficking
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake Tribe has declared a state of emergency in its efforts to combat illegal drugs and drug trafficking on the reservation. “The use...

8/25/2015

article Spirit Lake Tribe declares a state of emergency
(North Dakota) -- In response to a wide-spread, mounting problem on the reservation the leaders of the Spirit Lake Nation have taken a bold stand by declaring a “state...

8/7/2015

article Court denies appeal by man convicted in Spirit Lake Reservation killings
(North Dakota) -- A federal appeals court has rejected the complaints of a man convicted of killing his niece and nephew in a case that brought attention to numerous...

6/19/2015

article Feds silent on Spirit Lake Indian Reservation shooting
(North Dakota) -- Police and the FBI are offering no new details on an officer-involved shooting from Tuesday night on Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in northeast North...

6/17/2015

article Officer involved in shooting on Spirit Lake Nation
(North Dakota) -- A police officer was involved in a shooting Monday night on the Spirit Lake Nation. The FBI confirmed to WDAZ-TV that a shooting took place overnight...

5/7/2015

article Pearson re-elected Spirit Lake tribal chair
(North Dakota) -- Myra Pearson has won re-election as chairwoman of the Spirit Lake Tribe. She defeated former chairman Roger Yankton Sr., 583-372, in Tuesday's...

3/24/2015

article Revisiting the Strange, Tragic Murders of Two Children on a North Dakota Indian Reservation
(North Dakota) -- The home was a squat, gray prefab ranch. Its windows were covered with the plastic wrap that's supposed to lower your heating bills—a futile...

12/18/2014

article Judge sentences woman from Spirit Lake Indian Reservation to 8 months on child neglect charge
(North Dakota) -- A woman accused of child abuse on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation has been sentenced to eight months in prison. Thirty-one-year-old Alesia Shaw is...

10/10/2014

article Spirit Lake receives $900,000 in federal funds
(North Dakota) -- Spirit Lake Indian Reservation and Stark County will receive a $900,000 boost in federal funding to provide affordable and adequate housing for Native...

10/3/2014

article OP/ED: Working to solve reservation problems
(North Dakota) -- It’s been a tough few years for the Spirit Lake tribe. The reservation has been struggling with its child protection programs and other issues....

9/23/2014

article Pearson defeats McDonald in Spirit Lake tribal election
(North Dakota) -- “The only regret is that I didn’t have more time.” Those were the words of former Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Russ McDonald after he...

9/16/2014

article Spirit Lake chairman faces recall vote
(North Dakota) -- Spirit Lake Tribal members will vote Sept. 22 whether to remove their tribal chairman from office after a petition calling for his ouster was validated...

8/28/2014

article Elder Demus McDonald of Spirit Lake Nation to be featured Sept.
(North Dakota) -- Look for Elder Demus McDonald's story in print in the Native American special section the end of this September. McDonald is a Wodakota Peacemaker...

8/19/2014

article Child dies after being hit by a vehicle at Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- A 1-year-old boy died after being struck by a vehicle on the Spirit Lake Nation over the weekend. Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Russ McDonald says...

7/15/2014

article ‘Love has no color’ comes to Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- If you were driving down Highway 20 Friday morning and saw a couple of grown men waving huge signs that read “Fun Day” at passing motorists...

6/27/2014

article Another Spirit Lake hearing?
(North Dakota) -- A congressional hearing into child abuse and neglect on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation was a replay of the same old song: not enough...

6/25/2014

article New Details Emerge in Hearing on Abuse at Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- For two decades, federal officials noted glaring problems with the child-welfare program on a remote Native American reservation in North Dakota and...
article North Dakota Tribe Distrusts Bureau of Indian Affairs
(North Dakota) -- The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs is caught on the same child-protection system hurdles it sought to correct two years ago on North Dakota's...
article Capitol Hill Addresses Native American Child Welfare
(North Dakota) -- Last year, the death of a 2-year-old girl on the Spirit Lake Reservation made national news. The girl's death was the result of one of many cases...

6/24/2014

article As Child Abuse Persists at Spirit Lake, Congress Steps In
(North Dakota) -- A congressional committee has begun investigating why child abuse and neglect persists on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake reservation, almost two...
article Congressional Hearing on Spirit Lake Reservation child protection, justice system
(North Dakota) -- On Monday Congressman Kevin Cramer announced the witness list for the upcoming oversight hearing on child protection and the justice system on the...

6/14/2014

article Spirit Lake Chair agrees with education focus
(North Dakota) -- The chairman of the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation was happy with what he heard from President Barack Obama here Friday.

6/13/2014

article Hearing set on Spirit Lake child protection
(North Dakota) -- A U.S. House subcommittee has scheduled a hearing for later this month on child protection and the justice system on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation...

6/12/2014

article Hearing on Spirit Lake child cases scheduled
(North Dakota) -- A Woodworth woman will tell a congressional subcommittee on June 24 about her experiences working with at-risk children on the Spirit Lake Indian...

5/9/2014

article ‘War Party’ helps create peace at home
(North Dakota) -- A group of parents from the Spirit Lake Reservation has discovered the secret to meaningful relationships with their children.

4/9/2014

article Administration for Children and Families Officials travel to Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- Officials from the Administration for Children and Families, a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services, are on the Spirit Lake...

4/7/2014

article Spirit Lake reservation still working to fill four social worker positions
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake social service program still has vacancies for social workers filled by personnel brought in to serve temporary stints.

4/2/2014

article Child welfare on Indian reservations was topic of the day in Washington
(Washington D.C.) -- The safety of children on the Spirit Lake Reservation was in the national spotlight Wednesday. The tribal chairman spent the day in Washington...

3/25/2014

article Red Cross supplying water to Spirit Lake Nation after rural water line freeze
(North Dakota) -- The American Red Cross will be supplying the Spirit Lake Nation with 75 cases of water due to frozen pipes in a rural water line. Approximately 40...

1/8/2014

article Man pleads guilty in killing on Spirit Lake Reservation
(North Dakota) -- A Bismarck man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of voluntary manslaughter, assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault with a dangerous...

1/7/2014

article Man convicted of killing 2 children at Spirit Lake files appeal
(North Dakota) -- A man convicted in the childhood killings of his cousins on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation is appealing the jury’s findings that he murdered...

1/5/2014

article Man convicted of killing children on Spirit Lake Indian Reservation appeals to circuit court
(North Dakota) -- A man sentenced to life in prison for killing his niece and nephew on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation is appealing the case to the 8th U.S. Circuit...

12/2/2013

article Grand Forks man becomes Spirit Lake chief judge
(North Dakota) -- 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...

11/28/2013

article Bureau of Indian Affairs sending 7 law enforcement officers to help troubled ND reservation
(North Dakota) -- The head of the Spirit Lake Tribe says the reservation is getting seven new law enforcement agents from a branch of the federal Bureau of Indian...

11/26/2013

article Spirit Lake to get more police
(North Dakota) -- The Office of Justice Services, part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is sending seven new law enforcement agents to the Spirit Lake Reservation....

11/21/2013

article Tribal members speak out about the embattled social services program
(North Dakota) -- Tribal members on the Spirit Lake Nation got to speak their mind Wednesday about the tribe's embattled social services program. Several children...

11/19/2013

article Tribal, County, State and Federal leaders discuss child safety issues on Spirit Lake Reservation
(North Dakota) -- The troubling trend of children in danger on the Spirit Lake Nation has brought officials from around the region to meet in Fort Totten this week to...

11/14/2013

article Tribe: Child safety improving as new leadership works to change system on reservation
(North Dakota) -- Child protection has been the No. 1 priority for new Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Russ McDonald. It’s one of the main topics he’s talking...

11/13/2013

article Prosecutors: Appeal in Spirit Lake Reservation killings has no merit and should be dismissed
(North Dakota) -- Prosecutors have asked a federal court to throw out the appeal of a man convicted of killing two children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.

10/31/2013

article Judge throws out complaint in Spirit Lake killings
(North Dakota) -- A magistrate judge has thrown out a complaint by a North Dakota man convicted of killing two children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.
article Spirit Lake hearing complaint dismissed
(North Dakota) -- A magistrate judge has thrown out a complaint by a North Dakota man convicted of killing two children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.

10/30/2013

article News Spirit Lake Nation leaders making an effort to repair the tribe's Social Services system
(North Dakota) -- 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...

10/29/2013

article Lawyer says government didn't prove Spirit Lake murder case
(North Dakota) -- The lawyer for a man convicted in the brutal killings of two children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in North Dakota said his client should...

10/28/2013

article Convicted Spirit Lake killer says he wasn’t fit for trial
(North Dakota) -- Valentino Bagola , the man convicted last month on two murder counts for the brutal stabbing deaths of two children on the Spirit Lake reservation,...

10/27/2013

article Turnover hampers protection of children at ND’s Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- Turnover of staff to investigate suspected child abuse and neglect cases has hampered efforts by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to improve child...

10/25/2013

article Spirit Lake official wins recall vote
(North Dakota) -- The tribal secretary of the Spirit Lake Nation kept her seat on the tribal council following a recall vote Friday. The effort to unseat Nancy Greene-...
article Spirit Lake exhibit hopes to inspire Native Americans to study medicine with tradition of healing
(North Dakota) -- Laidman Fox Jr. attributes the loss of the storytelling tradition among native people to the loss of nature itself. “My grandparents would always...

10/4/2013

article Tribal members gathered to protest a cancelled recall vote against a tribal council memeber
(North Dakota) -- Meanwhile on Spirit Lake, tribal members gathered Friday to protest a cancelled recall vote against a tribal council member. Tribal members gathered in...

10/3/2013

article Hoeven: Spirit Lake social services can stay open
(North Dakota) -- Sen. John Hoeven says the Bureau of Indian Affairs closed its social services office on the Spirit Lake Reservation, citing the government shutdown,...
article Spirit Lake social services cut to the bone
(North Dakota) -- Social workers at the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation have been furloughed because of the federal government shutdown, causing concern among tribal...

10/2/2013

article Spirit Lake chairman cancels scheduled re-vote to recall St. Michael rep. Mardell Lewis
(North Dakota) -- 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...

9/30/2013

article Tribal members will meet again to vote whether to keep Lewis on the Spirit Lake council or remove her
(North Dakota) -- The fate of the Saint Michael representative on the Spirit Lake tribal council is up in the air after a recall vote ended in a tie Monday. Tribal...

9/23/2013

article Jury finds Valentino Bagola guilty of murders of Spirit Lake children
(North Dakota) -- A federal jury Monday afternoon convicted Valentino “Tino” Bagola of two counts of murder for the stabbing deaths of two children on the...

9/21/2013

article Spirit Lake suit dismissed: Former chairman withdrew suit after restraining order lifted
(North Dakota) -- Roger Yankton Sr. has withdrawn his lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeking relief from a restraining order that had been issued against him by the...
article Fargo jury breaks for weekend without verdict in Spirit Lake reservation sibling killings
(North Dakota) -- Jurors in Fargo deliberating the fate of a man accused of killing two children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation have gone home for the weekend...

9/19/2013

article Jury get case of 2 slain Spirit Lake kids
(North Dakota) -- The case a man accused of killing two children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation went to a federal jury Thursday afternoon, after lawyers from both...
article Lawyers give closing arguments in Spirit Lake case
(North Dakota) -- Prosecution and defense attorneys are giving closing arguments in the Fargo trial of a man accused of killing two children on the Spirit Lake Indian...

9/18/2013

article Jurors see interview with boy who was in house when Spirit Lake siblings were killed
(North Dakota) -- Jurors watched the video of an interview with a 4-year-old boy who was in the house when his older siblings were stabbed to death on the Spirit Lake...

9/16/2013

article Father of slain Spirit Lake children said he felt pressure to confess
(North Dakota) -- The father of two slain children testified Monday that the FBI “put words in my mouth” and said he felt pressured to confess to murdering...

9/14/2013

article Bagola’s defense tries to bolster father’s confession in Spirit Lake slayings
(North Dakota) -- The defense in the trial of Valentino “Tino” Bagola tried Friday to bolster the confession from the father of two children slain on the...

9/13/2013

article Father’s confession lacked details, motive unclear in slaying of Spirit Lake children
(North Dakota) -- After hours of interrogation punctuated by vague admissions from the suspect, an FBI agent asked Travis DuBois Sr. a simple question about the stabbing...

9/11/2013

article Jurors see interview of slain ND children's father
(North Dakota) -- The father of two children slain on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation told investigators that he couldn't explain their deaths because he had been...

9/10/2013

article Father of slain children: ‘I’m not a monster’
(North Dakota) -- The father of two slain children is shown in a video-recorded FBI interview expressing remorse for their deaths, but said he could not recall killing...

9/9/2013

article Former Spirit Lake chairman loses effort at reinstatement
(North Carolina) -- An appeals court has vacated a Spirit Lake Tribal Court order reinstating Roger Yankton Sr. as tribal chairman, and jubilant opponents of the former...
article McDonald to reclaim Spirit Lake chairman seat
(North Dakota) -- On the Spirit Lake Reservation Russ McDonald says he will move back into the chairman's office this week.
article Mother of slain children accused father of their deaths
(North Dakota) -- The mother of Destiny Shaw and Travis DuBois Jr. accused the children’s father of killing them when she found their bodies beneath a blanket in a...

9/7/2013

article Agents appealed to ‘bad Tino’ for details of two Spirit Lake children fatally stabbed
(North Dakota) -- Two sides of Valentino “Tino” Bagola were on display Thursday as jurors viewed videotaped interviews in which he confessed to killing a...

9/5/2013

article Spirit Lake chairman dispute continues
(North Dakota) -- Members of the Spirit Lake Tribal Council have asked a federal court to throw out a lawsuit brought last month by Roger Yankton Sr., who seeks to...
article Agents appealed to ‘bad Tino’ for details of two Spirit Lake children fatally stabbed
(North Dakota) -- Two sides of Valentino “Tino” Bagola were on display Thursday as jurors viewed videotaped interviews in which he confessed to killing a...

9/4/2013

article Dueling confessions at odds in murder trial for children killed in Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- The trial of the man charged with murder in the killing of two children on the Spirit Lake reservation opened Wednesday morning with a clash between...
article Two sides focus on confessions in Spirit Lake child killings
(North Dakota) -- Attorneys in the case of a North Dakota man on trial for killing two children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation offered separate confessions as...

9/3/2013

article Jury seated in Spirit Lake child murder trial
(North Dakota) -- A jury was seated today in the federal trial of a man accused of murdering two Spirit Lake Nation children two years ago.

9/2/2013

article Trial opens in Spirit Lake child deaths
(North Dakota) -- Twenty-seven months after the brutal abuse and killing of two young siblings at their home on the Spirit Lake Sioux Indian reservation, Valentino...

8/30/2013

article Spirit Lake firing praised
(North Dakota) -- The decision to fire Spirit Lake interim Social Services Director Paul Hutchinson has been drawing praise from people who have had problems with Tribal...

8/29/2013

article Social services director out at Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake Tribal Council has confirmed that Interim Director of Social Services Paul Hutchinson has been fired. Hutchinson succeeded previous...

8/26/2013

article Appeals court cancels oral arguments in case to select Spirit Lake chairman
(North Dakota) -- An appeals court preparing to decide who is the rightful Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman has cancelled oral arguments in the case.

8/20/2013

article Ousted tribal leader in ND sues in federal court
(North Dakota) -- Ousted Spirit Lake Chairman Roger Yankton has filed a lawsuit in federal court, seeking relief from restraining orders that he says violate his rights.

8/19/2013

article Spirit Lake ‘power struggle’ coming to Grand Forks
(North Dakota) -- An appeals court has scheduled oral arguments Aug. 30 in Grand Forks on who should be recognized as chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, but ousted...
article Yankon says he's a "virtual prisoner" on Spirit Lake Nation
(North Dakota) -- Former Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton is speaking out, saying illegal restraints have made him a "virtual prisoner" on the Spirit...
article Spirit Lake leadership to be decided by intertribal court at UND
(North Dakota) -- An appeals court has scheduled oral arguments Aug. 30 in Grand Forks on who should be recognized as chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, but ousted...

8/10/2013

article Former Spirit Lake social services director guilty on charge of theft
(North Dakota) -- Mark Little Owl, former director of tribal social services for the Spirit Lake Nation, was convicted on a charge of theft Friday in North Dakota...

8/5/2013

article No charges filed against man relating to shooting on Spirit Lake Nation
(North Dakota) -- It's been eleven days since 16-year-old Eugene Lohnes was shot in the back on the Spirit Lake reservation. One man is still in custody, but as of...

7/31/2013

article Spirit Lake shooting victim released from Altru
(North Dakota) -- The teenage victim of a recent shooting at the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation has been released from Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, a hospital official...

7/29/2013

article County, tribe partner to improve financial services to Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- Benson County, N.D., and the Spirit Lake Tribe will sign a lease agreement Wednesday that will relocate county social services eligibility workers to...
article Spirit Lake police open new jail
(North Dakota) -- Police in Spirit Lake are celebrating the opening of a newly remodeled jail here Friday. Officials say the remodeled facility is a far cry from the...

7/27/2013

article Hundreds of Native Americans gather on Spirit Lake Nation
(North Dakota) -- Hundreds of Native Americans came together on the Spirit Lake Nation to celebrate their heritage at the 146th annual Fort Totten Days Pow Wow.

7/22/2013

article Lake Region residents plan to boycott Spirit Lake Casino
(North Dakota) -- Some people in the Lake Region say they plan to boycott the Spirit Lake Casino amid continuing controversy and confusion inside the tribal government....

7/21/2013

article OUR OPINION: A goal for the Spirit Lake Tribe: Judicial independence
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake Tribe has a long row to hoe in regaining the public's trust. And that's true with not only tribal members but also the off-...

7/18/2013

article Spirit Lake council appeals chair's reinstatement
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake Nation tribal council has appealed a court ruling reinstating embattled chairman Roger Yankton Sr.
article Spirit Lake leader removed again, but without replacement
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake Nation is now without a chairman after Roger Yankton was removed from that office by a preliminary decision from an appeals court.

7/17/2013

article At Spirit Lake, a confusing round of elections, petitions and court decisions
(North Dakota) -- Roger Yankton Sr. returned briefly as chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe Wednesday, sanctioned by a Tribal Court order, but opponents obtained an...

7/16/2013

article Official: Yankton reinstated as Spirit Lake chairman
(North Dakota) -- Roger Yankton is back as the Spirit Lake Nation's chairman after winning an appeal at tribal court, tribal Secretary Nancy Green Robertson...

7/15/2013

article Spirit Lake woman pleads guilty in death of two-year-old
(North Dakota) -- Hope Tomahawk Whiteshield pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court here Monday to felony child abuse and witness tampering in the death last month of her...

7/3/2013

article ‘Finger-pointing’ and unanswered questions in child’s death at Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- When Tribal Social Services at Spirit Lake brought 2-year-old Laurynn Whiteshield and her twin sister back to the reservation in May from the Bismarck...

7/2/2013

article Former Spirit Lake Tribal Judge speaks out
(North Dakota) -- Just days after being removed from her position as chief judge on the Spirit Lake Reservation, Shirley Cain meets with Senator Heidi Heitkamp pleading...
article Ousted Spirit Lake Nation leader vows to fight
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota has a new leader, but the tribe's ousted chairman says he will fight to get his job back.
article Heitkamp, McDonald meet to discuss child welfare on Spirit Lake Nation
(North Dakota) -- Senator Heidi Heitkamp says she's committed to working with newly elected Spirit Lake tribal chairman Russ McDonald to help fix the tribes...

7/1/2013

article Spirit Lake Nation deciding chairman's future
(North Dakota) -- Fifteen Bureau of Indian Affairs officers are providing security at the school in Fort Totten as members of the Spirit Lake Nation gather to decide...
article Spirit Lake Sioux tribe chooses new chairman
(North Dakota) -- Leander (Russ) McDonald, a tribal college administrator, was chosen as new chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe today after tribal members voted to...
article Yankton out, McDonald in as Spirit Lake chairman
(North Dakota) -- Wearing a full traditional headdress and vowing to “represent myself and the Spirit Lake Tribe with dignity and respect,” Leander (Russ)...
article Yankton outed, McDonald named Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman
(North Dakota) -- Spirit Lake tribal Chairman Roger Yankton is out, after an overwhelming majority of tribal members vote to recall him. Tribal members named a new...
article OMDAHL: Indian child welfare laws should be for children
(North Dakota) -- While elected state and federal officials wring their hands, children on the Spirit Lake Reservation continue to live under a cloud of fear and poverty.

6/29/2013

article A petition accuses a tribal leader of corruption and secrecy
(North Dakota) -- We should learn Monday the fate of the Spirit Lake tribal chairman. That's when a recall meeting will take place. The election board validated 547...
article COLUMN: Indian child welfare laws should be for cildren
(North Dakota) -- While elected state and federal officials wring their hands, children on the Spirit Lake Reservation continue to live under a cloud of fear and poverty.

6/28/2013

article Spirit Lake foster parent says children taken away because of false accusations
(North Dakota) -- A foster parent on the Spirit Lake reservation says she lost her four foster children because of lies told against about her. She says she's...

6/27/2013

article Hearing scheduled to determine fate of Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman
(North Dakota) -- After months of complaints about Spirit Lake tribal council leadership and even a symbolic vote to oust Chairman Roger Yankton, a recall meeting has...
article Spirit Lake recall meeting of Yankton set
(North Dakota) -- A recall meeting to decide whether Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton should remain in office has been scheduled for Monday at Four Winds School...

6/26/2013

article Cain out as Spirit Lake chief judge
(North Dakota) -- Shirley Cain, chief judge of the Spirit Lake Tribal Court, was removed from office Wednesday by order of the Tribal Council.
article Spirit Lake recall meeting set for Monday
(North Dakota) -- A recall meeting to decide whether Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton should remain in office has been scheduled for Monday at Four Winds School...
article Hope Whiteshield to stay in federal custody
(North Dakota) -- Hope Whiteshield, charged in the June 13 death of a Spirit Lake Nation toddler, will remain in federal custody pending trial, a judge ruled Wednesday...
article New details in Spirit Lake toddler's death
(North Dakota) -- We have new information Wednesday in the recent death of a child on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. The step grandmother accused of killing her two...

6/25/2013

article ERICH LONGIE: Spirit Lake needs new brooms to sweep clean
(North Dakota) -- We, Spirit Lake Nation, sure have been in the news since our tribal chairman took office two years ago, and none of the news is good.
article Petition filed seeking recall of Spirit Lake leader
(North Dakota) -- Opponents of Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton Sr. filed petitions Monday seeking to recall him as chairman.
article Spirit Lake toddler laid to rest as step-grandmother's hearing on abuse charge postponed
(North Dakota) -- A detention hearing for Hope Whiteshield, accused in the death last week of a Spirit Lake Nation toddler, was postponed Monday to Wednesday.

6/20/2013

article Hoeven to meet with top Interior official on safety of children at Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., will meet Thursday with Kevin Washburn, the Interior Department’s assistant secretary for Indian affairs, to press for...

6/19/2013

article LONGIE: The IRA Continues to Haunt Tribes
(North Dakota) -- We, Spirit Lake Nation, sure have been in the news since our tribal chairman took office two years ago, and none of the news is good.
article Heitkamp, Hoeven seek answers to latest death of a child at Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- An angry Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said she confronted federal and tribal officials Tuesday and demanded answers to what led to the “...

6/18/2013

article Authorities not commenting on investigation into death of 3-year-old on Spirit Lake Reservation
(North Dakota) -- Neither the U.S. attorney’s office nor the FBI has released the name of the child, who apparently lived with a relative near St. Michael, N.D.,...

6/17/2013

article Authorities not commenting on investigation on Spirit Lake Reservation
(North Dakota) -- The FBI and federal Bureau of Indian Affairs continue to investigate the death Thursday of a 3-year-old boy on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.

6/14/2013

article FBI, BIA investigate death of toddler on Spirit Lake Nation
(North Dakota) -- The FBI is investigating the death of a toddler on the Spirit Lake Nation Reservation in North Dakota. Investigators arrived on the reservation...

6/4/2013

article In South Dakota, tribes fault state for undermining federal law aimed at saving kids and culture
(South Dakota) -- As child advocates wrestle with abuse and protection issues at the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota, controversy has flared in neighboring South...

5/28/2013

article Challenge in Spirit Lake council election may delay effort to oust chairman
(North Dakota) -- Spirit Lake’s Tribal Council gained two new members today, but tribal officials have set aside results in the race for Fort Totten District...
article Spirit Lake welcome two new council members, disputes 3rd
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake Tribal Council welcomed two new members this afternoon, but the fate of another council seat remains up in the air.

5/8/2013

article Spirit Lake council changes: Election replaces two members, chairman criticizes recall effort
(North Dakota) -- Two incumbent members of the Spirit Lake Tribal Council lost their seats in Tuesday’s general election.
article Spirit Lake petition supporters more confident after election
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake tribal council will soon welcome two new members amid continuing cries to oust tribal chairman Roger Yankton. Now supporters of a...

5/7/2013

article Spirit Lake Tribe holds council election
(North Dakota) -- Voters on the Spirit Lake Nation are deciding the fate of two tribal council members today. The election will result in at least one new council member...

5/6/2013

article Statement from Spirit Lake Tribe, chairman
(North Dakota) -- On behalf of the Spirit Lake Tribe, as elected tribal governing council, we wish to clarify that the current composition of the Spirit Lake Tribal...

5/5/2013

article Keeping Indian children safe an ongoing challenge
(North Dakota) -- On a Spirit Lake reservation torn by factional infighting, the leader of an American Indian advocacy group arrives to find 25 percent of all Dakota...

5/3/2013

article Tribal chairman opponents gather signatures
(North Dakota) -- People on the Spirit Lake Reservation who oppose Chairman Roger Yankton say they've gathered enough petition signatures to force a recall vote.
article Authorities have 2 'persons of interest' in Spirit Lake homicide
(North Dakota) -- Two men in custody on unrelated charges are “persons of interest” in the death this week of a man on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation,...

5/2/2013

article Yankton foes reach goal but press on for more signatures
(North Dakota) -- Spirit Lake Nation members seeking to remove Roger Yankton Sr. as tribal chairman said Thursday they have more than the required number of signatures...

5/1/2013

article BIA superintendent, criticized by some, takes early retirement
(North Dakota) -- Rod Cavanaugh, superintendent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs agency at Fort Totten, N.D., and a key figure in the continuing child protection issue at...

4/26/2013

article Spirit Lake petitioners weigh options
(North Dakota) -- Spirit Lake Nation members seeking to replace Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton Sr. said Friday they are nearing their goal of 600 signatures on a recall...

4/22/2013

article Spirit Lake petition gaining signatures
(North Dakota) -- Members of the Spirit Lake Nation tying to oust tribal chairman Roger Yankton say they've nearly collected enough signatures to petition for...

4/20/2013

article At reservation, challenge can be to keep Indian children safe – and Indian
(North Dakota) -- On a Spirit Lake reservation torn by factional infighting, the leader of an American Indian advocacy group arrives to find 25 percent of all Dakota...
article BIA still sees Yankton as Spirit Lake leader
(North Dakota) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs continues to recognize Roger Yankton Sr. as chairman of the Spirit Lake Nation, a spokeswoman said.

4/18/2013

article Heavy turnout at Spirit Lake primary: Tribal Council vice chairman fails to advance
(North Dakota) -- Duane Jackson, vice chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, lost his bid for another term representing the Mission District in Tuesday’s primary...

4/16/2013

article Tribal members cast votes for council seats
(North Dakota) -- After a tense week on the Spirit Lake Nation tribal members are getting the chance to voice their opinion at the ballot box. Today's primary...
article Yankton still chairman of Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, says his challenger
(North Dakota) -- Roger Yankton Sr. remains chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, says Leander (Russ) McDonald, the man elected to replace him at an emergency general...

4/15/2013

article Opposition swears in new Spirit Lake tribal leader, but Yankton refuses to recognize action and remains in control, official says
(North Dakota) -- Leander (Russ) McDonald was sworn in as chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe today in a traditional ceremony conducted by elders and others opposed...

4/14/2013

article Spirit Lake ousts tribal chairman
(North Dakota) -- Participants in a hastily called general assembly meeting voted overwhelmingly today to oust Roger Yankton Sr. as chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux...

4/13/2013

article Spirit Lake Nation Elders Vote to Oust Tribal Council
(North Dakota) -- More than 30 Spirit Lake tribal elders took the unusual step of demanding new leadership on Thursday, angered by allegations of corruption and...

4/12/2013

article Tribal Elders vote to expel entire council
(North Dakota) -- Tribal Elders on the Spirit Lake Nation voted late Thursday afternoon with an overwhelming majority to oust the entire tribal council.

4/11/2013

article Spirit Lake elders call for dismissal of tribal council
(North Dakota) -- More than 30 elders of the Spirit Lake Nation adopted a resolution Thursday calling for dismissal of the entire Tribal Council, citing continuing...

4/8/2013

article Outside officials say Spirit Lake tribe on right track with child protection
(North Dakota) -- As health and social service professionals grappled over the past year with issues of child protection at Spirit Lake, they found a disturbing trend at...

4/7/2013

article Cramer remarks, PBS documentary draw eyes again to reservation
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake Nation has endured a great deal of scrutiny and harsh commentary over the past year concerning the safety of its children, and the...
article Overcoming hurdles at Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- As health and social service professionals grappled over the past year with issues of child protection at Spirit Lake, they found a disturbing trend at...
article Tribal judge says court, social workers see kids’ safety as top concern
(North Dakota) -- Despite persistent allegations by critics that children of the Spirit Lake Nation remain at risk due to placement with known sex offenders, the tribal...

4/1/2013

article What Happened on the Spirit Lake Reservation
(North Dakota) -- The struggles that Robin Poor Bear, formerly Charboneau, endures in Kind Hearted Woman are unfortunately too common for many Native Americans living on...

3/31/2013

article ND reservation, abuse focus of 2-part documentary
(North Dakota) -- Robin Poor Bear was reluctant to speak out about the sexual abuse she said she experienced as a child living with an adoptive family.

3/29/2013

article Cramer’s apology not accepted; Spirit Lake Tribal Council denounces remarks by congressman
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake Tribal Council issued a statement Friday harshly criticizing comments attributed earlier this week to Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.,...
article Setting Off Down the “Red Road”
(North Dakota) -- For Native Americans, a life along the red road means a life lived clean and sober. It is a sacred concept, which for Robin Charboneau, was once elusive
article Man Convicted of Child Abuse at Spirit Lake Reservation
(North Dakota) -- The tribal court at North Dakota’s Spirit Lake reservation has convicted a man accused of beating one of his children in an incident that had...

3/17/2013

article Case against North Dakota tribal official advances
(North Dakota) -- A judge has determined there is enough evidence to continue with a case against a Spirit Lake Nation social services official accused in a domestic...

3/15/2013

article Appeals court upholds woman's conviction, sentence for embezzlling from Spirit Lake Tribe
(North Dakota) -- A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and sentence of a North Dakota woman convicted of embezzling from the Spirit Lake Tribe.

3/12/2013

article Native Sun News: PBS series tackles abuse at Spirit Lake Nation
(North Dakota) -- There is little doubt that an upcoming PBS special, “Kind Hearted Woman” will cause controversy. For victims of sexual abuse, fear of...

3/10/2013

article OP/ED: BIA, U.S. attorney cite progress at Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- A week ago, we held a public meeting with the Spirit Lake community to share the progress being made since the transfer of the social services program...

3/5/2013

article Deputy Assistant Secretary Roberts Updates Spirit Lake Community on BIA Actions Addressing Tribe's Child Safety and Protection Issues
(North Dakota) -- On February 27, Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts informed members of the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota...

3/4/2013

article Documentary follows Sioux woman’s struggle
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake Nation’s continuing efforts to deal with deficiencies in its child protection system is about to get another round of national...

3/3/2013

article PBS documentary follows Sioux woman’s struggle
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake Nation’s continuing efforts to deal with deficiencies in its child protection system is about to get another round of national...

2/28/2013

article Child safety and protection at Spirit Lake top priority
(North Dakota) -- Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts reported personally to Spirit Lake tribal members Wednesday on efforts the Bureau...
article Federal Officials Outline Efforts to Combat Abuse on N.D. Reservation
(North Dakota) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs detailed for the first time on Wednesday what it has done to address multiple reports of child abuse on the Spirit Lake...
article Handling of child abuse, neglect on reservation gets mixed reviews
(North Dakota) -- A top Bureau of Indian Affairs official says the agency is making progress in addressing child abuse and neglect on the Spirit Lake Reservation in...

2/27/2013

article BIA, FBI hear stories of child abuse, vow to ‘make improvements’ at Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- Samuel Merrick Sr. stood at a microphone, faced a line of federal officials arrayed on a stage and said he wanted to look each of them in the eyes as...
article Stories of Child Abuse & Neglect Continue at Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- Controversy continues to surround allegations of child abuse and neglect on the Spirit Lake Reservation. Today, federal authorities met with tribal...

2/26/2013

article Hoeven's office to meet with Spirit Lake leaders
(North Dakota) -- Representatives from Sen. John Hoeven's office are meeting with officials from the Spirit Lake Nation this week to discuss the tribe's Social...
article Meeting at Spirit Lake on tribe’s child protection services efforts open to public
(North Dakota) -- A meeting scheduled by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to provide Spirit Lake Sioux leaders and members an update on efforts to improve the tribe’s...
article Spirit Lake Officials to Meet with ND Senators
(North Dakota) -- Spirit Lake officials will meet with representatives from North Dakota's senators Wednesday to offer an update on the progress of the tribe's...

2/25/2013

article What’s Changed Since the BIA Took Over at Spirit Lake?
(North Dakota) -- It’s been nearly five months since the federal government took control of child services on a remote Native American reservation in North Dakota.
article Hoeven's office to meet with Spirit Lake leaders
(North Dakota) -- Representatives from Sen. John Hoeven's office are meeting with officials from the Spirit Lake Nation this week to discuss the tribe's Social...

2/22/2013

article Spirit Lake: No word yet if public can attend ‘town hall’ on child protection
(North Dakota) -- A meeting of senior Bureau of Indian Affairs officials and leaders of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe to assess BIA progress in dealing with child...
article ‘No evidence of progress:’ Whistle blower alleges authorities unwilling to remove children from abusive homes at Spirit Lake Nation
(North Dakota) -- Most of the cases involving at-risk Spirit Lake Nation children cited in earlier reports of suspected child abuse have not been investigated or dealt...

2/15/2013

article Child Abuse at Reservation Is Topic for 3 Lawmakers
(North Dakota) -- Federal officials will hold a town hall meeting on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in North Dakota this month to discuss the reservation’s...

1/23/2013

article Native Sun News: Partnership to protect Spirit Lake children
(North Dakota) -- The assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced on Jan 10, a partnership between the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Spirit Lake...
article Spirit Lake official gets faulty court record corrected
(North Dakota) -- An internet public records site operated by the state incorrectly showed a 2004 assault conviction for Mark Little Owl, director of Tribal Social...
article Spirit Lake tribal official facing 3 charges
(North Dakota) -- A man hired by the Spirit Lake Sioux last summer to manage the North Dakota tribe's beleaguered child protection program faces charges in an...

1/22/2013

article Spirit Lake official faces charges in domestic disturbance
(North Dakota) -- Mark Little Owl, hired last summer by the Spirit Lake Sioux to manage the tribe’s beleaguered child protection program, faces assault and other...

1/20/2013

article A ghost at Spirit Lake
(North Dakota) -- As the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation grapples with how to better safeguard its children from abusers and sexual predators, deep divisions — some...

1/18/2013

article Disputed progress on child protection at Spirit Lake / Chairman says situation getting better; critics disagree
(North Dakota) -- In the nearly four months since the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs took over child protection services on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation, tribal...

1/11/2013

article BIA to provide Spirit Lake Nation with fingerprinting services
(North Dakota) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs is providing mobile fingerprinting units to the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota. The units will be used to take...

12/18/2012

article Spirit Lake Officials Look for New Resources for Social Services
(North Dakota) -- Spirit Lake tribal leaders say they're working on bringing in new resources for its struggling child protective services.

11/30/2012

article Death of Spirit Lake infant was caused by SIDS
(North Dakota) -- A 2-month-old girl whose July death was seized upon as an example of endangered children on the Spirit Lake reservation died of natural causes.

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