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Spirit Lake social services cut to the bone

October 3, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FORT TOTTEN Social workers at the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation have been furloughed because of the federal government shutdown, causing concern among tribal officials and a U.S. senator. Continue Reading

State assistance for child care depends on family’s income

August 9, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Child care is a major issue for the North Dakota workforce. Many people, often moms, who want to work are forced into stay-at-home parenthood either because there is no child care available or because child care would cost more than what the job would net for the family. Continue Reading

SD lawmaker withdraws bill on Indian foster care

February 13, 2013 in The Daily Republic

The House Judiciary Committee scrapped the bill at the request of its main sponsor, Rep. Kevin Killer, D-Pine Ridge, who said state legislation needs to be delayed a year to see how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in a South Carolina case dealing with the Indian Child Welfare Act.
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Reps. ask feds about SD Indian foster care summit

December 7, 2012 in The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS (AP) Two Democratic congressmen have written to the head of the Department of Interior’s Office of Indian Affairs to question why the government has not yet held a summit about Native American children in foster care in South Dakota.
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Child-protection laws broken in SD, report says

November 29, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Indian welfare directors say too many American Indian children placed in foster care with non-Indian families.
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Cyber care: Social Services to try new-age approach to child placement

October 29, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

Douglas County has been given a grant that will allow Social Services to use a web-based program to search for relatives. This tool is intended to increase successful foster-care placement of children. Continue Reading

Little Owl out as Spirit Lake social services director

September 22, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS Mark Little Owl, hired in mid-August by the Spirit Lake Tribe to restore its embattled social services department, will not continue as director after the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs takes over the department on Oct. 1, he confirmed Friday. Continue Reading

Local officials informed of extent of child abuse, neglect

September 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

One child in virtually every classroom in Grand Forks is a possible victim of child abuse or neglect. And 28 percent of children who are treated for burns or bruises likely have fractures as well. Continue Reading

Bridge to Benefits website links those in need to assistance

August 10, 2012 in The Daily Republic

A valuable resource for families and individuals in difficult economic circumstances, the Bridge to Benefits website (www.sdbridgetobenefits.com) has been just been updated.
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Benefits experts to be in Armour soon

July 7, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Benefits specialists from the Department of Social Services’ Division of Economic Assistance will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, at the itinerant office, Armour. Continue Reading