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Feds looking into death on reservation

BISMARCK (AP) -- The U.S. attorney's office says federal authorities are investigating a death on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

Thirty-year-old Jeremiah Sage, of Halliday, died Thursday in New Town.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon on Tuesday confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Indian Affairs are looking into the case. He declined to release details.

Cousin Brad Sage, of Mandaree, said members of the family were meeting with authorities Tuesday afternoon to learn about the circumstances of the death.

Brad Sage said he last talked with Jeremiah about nine days ago, and his cousin didn't indicate then that anything was wrong.

Bureau of Indian Affairs spokeswoman Nedra Darling, based in Washington, D.C., said the investigation is ongoing and she cannot comment on the status of the case.