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Report: Meth-addicted baby returned to mom who refused drug test at Spirit Lake

November 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The 4-month-old infant was hospitalized for a month before being placed in foster care until last week, when the child was returned to its addicted mother, according to a report made to federal officials. Continue Reading

BIA details steps taken for child protection at Spirit Lake

November 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has handled more than 100 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect at the reservation. It has new procedures for placing children in foster homes and has hired a social worker. Earlier this week, some members of the Spirit Lake Tribe, however, complained that visible progress is not being made.
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Spirit Lake whistleblower calls federal response ‘window dressing’

October 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

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. Continue Reading

Spirit Lake tribe teams up against violence

October 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

An “Awareness and Healing” conference, which continues Friday with presentations on child protection, family violence and other issues, is part of the Spirit Lake tribe’s response to highly publicized concerns about child welfare on the reservation. Continue Reading

Official: BIA to run tribal child pro-tection for years

October 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, which assumed responsibility for child protection services at Spirit Lake Monday, likely will manage the program for several years before returning responsibility to the tribe, said Bruce Loudermilk, the BIA’s regional director. Continue Reading

Strength in family: Methenys prove that life is not all bleak and despairing at Spirit Lake

September 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Lost in all the recent warnings and negative reports coming out of Spirit Lake, Paul Matheny says, is another reality: not every family there is dysfunctional, not every child at perilous risk. Continue Reading

Little Owl out as Spirit Lake social services director

September 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Little Owl out as Spirit Lake social services directorMark 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

BIA to make final visit to Spirit Lake before big decision on child protection services

September 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

This week could decide the future governance of social services for the Spirit Lake Tribe as a deadline looms about who should run programs recently found to be riddled with deficiencies. Continue Reading

Top BIA official to return to Spirit Lake to supervise social workers

August 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A top Bureau of Indian Affairs official will return to the Spirit Lake Sioux Reservation for two weeks starting Tuesday to supervise BIA social workers detailed to the tribe’s social services department, the Interior Department announced today. Continue Reading

Spirit Lake chairman, federal critic trade complaints about handling of child protection issue

August 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton and one of his sharpest critics in the long-running furor over the safety of Spirit Lake’s children challenged each other’s credibility and motives in a written exchange this week, with Yankton chiding Thomas Sullivan for reporting “rumor and conjecture” and Sullivan charging the chairman with interfering with his duty as a “mandated reporter” of suspected child abuse. Continue Reading