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Photo by Mike Nowatzki / Forum News Service Former U.S. senator Byron Dorgan and composer/singer Joanne Shenandoah, co-chairpersons of the U.S. Attorney General's Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence, listen to testimony during the panel's first public hearing on Monday at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck.

Panel hears testimony about native children exposed to violence

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BISMARCK – Dressed in dark slacks and a light blue shirt and tie, Lenny Hayes looked every bit his adult self on Monday in the Ramkota Hotel ballroom.


But as he leaned into the microphone and began to speak, he became the scared, helpless 6-year-old boy in the corner being groped and traumatized by sexual abuse.

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Mike Nowatzki
Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.