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OUR OPINION: Spirit Lake and other tribes need a free pres

October 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

When tribal leaders show themselves to be that deep in denial, taxpayers wonder if the situation ever will improve, with or without intervention by the BIA.
That’s where a free and independent press on the reservation can come in. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: U.S. Senate could have a role at Spirit Lake

August 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In the statement, the tribal government suggests that it inherited the problem, that it’s dealing with it effectively and that whistleblowers and a malevolent press have made things worse. This level of defensiveness undermines the effectiveness of the tribe’s statement. Continue Reading

Spirit Lake Nation responds to critics

August 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In a lengthy statement published this week in the Devils Lake Journal, the Spirit Lake Tribe decried recent criticism of tribal social service programs involving child protection. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: A tribally funded free press

April 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

On the Spirit Lake reservation, says a senior clinical psychologist, services “are mired in mismanagement that endangers abused and neglected children,” Sunday’s Herald reported. “Michael Tilus, director of behavioral health at the Spirit Lake Health Center here, has written a ‘letter of grave concern’ to state and federal officials describing alleged widespread failures creating what he describes as an ongoing crisis.” And if Tilus is accurate in his descriptions, then a lot more than “grave concern” is going to be needed. But what, exactly? If frustrated tribal members want to break the cycle of mismanagement, what can they do? Here’s one idea. And it has nothing to do with tribal social services, the tribal council or the Bureau of Indian Affairs: Make provisions for a permanent and permanently free press.
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Decision on nickname supporters’ access to Ralph could come Friday

January 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Supporters of a Fighting Sioux nickname for UND told a judge today that they have collected about half of the 13,500 signatures they need to force a statewide vote on the issue. They want access to Ralph Engelstad Arena this weekend, they said, to make sure they make their Feb. 7 filing deadline. Continue Reading

Political vets: Challenges large for new N.D. ballot effort to save Sioux nickname

November 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Reed Soderstrom, a Minot attorney representing a Spirit Lake Sioux tribal committee, said the group plans a ballot measure putting the question of UND retaining or dropping its Fighting Sioux name and logo to a statewide vote next year. Continue Reading

Spirit Lake group plans N.D. initiative ballot effort to keep Fighting Sioux nickname

November 16, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Minot attorney Reed Soderstrom says the group will offer a North Dakota constitutional amendment that will say UND teams must be known as the Fighting Sioux. Initiative supporters need about 27,000 petition signatures to put the issue on the ballot in November 2012.
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Spirit Lake ‘major announcement’ planned Tuesday about Sioux nickname preservation

October 31, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Spirit Lake Nation, through its Tribal Council and the Committee for Understanding and Respect, announced plans today for a “major” announcement Tuesday regarding their efforts to preserve the use of UND’s Fighting Sioux name and logo. Continue Reading

Spirit Lake: The fight for ‘Fighting Sioux’ continues

September 6, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Injunction, statewide vote may be options Members of the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe who favor UND retaining its Fighting Sioux nickname and logo have turned once again to the courts to block the anticipated retirement of the symbols. Continue Reading

Spirit Lake: The fight for ‘Fighting Sioux’ continues

September 6, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Injunction, statewide vote may be options Members of the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe who favor UND retaining its Fighting Sioux nickname and logo have turned once again to the courts to block the anticipated retirement of the symbols. Continue Reading