GRAND FORKS — Rod Cavanaugh, superintendent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs agency at Fort Totten and a key figure in the continuing child protection issue at the Spirit Lake Nation, has taken early retirement, officials confirmed Wednesday.
GRAND FORKS — On a Spirit Lake reservation torn by factional infighting, the leader of an American Indian advocacy group arrives to find 25 percent of all Dakota Indian children living in foster care with white families.
SPIRIT LAKE NATION — As health and social service professionals grappled over the past year with issues of child protection at Spirit Lake, they found a disturbing trend at Mercy Hospital in neighboring Devils Lake.
GRAND FORKS — The Spirit Lake Nation has endured a great deal of scrutiny and harsh commentary over the past year concerning the safety of its children, and the scrutiny ramped up again following the recent furor over comments Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., allegedly made to a gathering of victim-assistance professionals, including one from Spirit Lake.
GRAND FORKS — A meeting scheduled by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to provide Spirit Lake Sioux leaders and members an update on efforts to improve the tribe’s child protection services will be open to the public, a spokesman for Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and tribal officials confirmed.
FORT TOTTEN — In the nearly four months since the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs took over child protection services on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation, tribal and BIA officials say they’re working well together, the system has been made more professional and accountable and reservation children are safer from abusers and sexual predators.
GRAND FORKS — Mark 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.
GRAND FORKS — The U.S. Interior Department has dispatched additional personnel to help the Spirit Lake Sioux Nation deal with child protection problems on the North Dakota reservation, North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad said Friday.
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