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WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe told a congressional hearing that “nothing has changed and the problem remains” in filling vacancies to protect children on the reservation in eastern North Dakota.


Russ McDonald was among witnesses who testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, which includes Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.

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Patrick Springer
Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to