Senator: Spirit Lake Gets Help on Child Protection


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FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Sen. Kent Conrad says the U.S. Interior Department has dispatched additional personnel to help the Spirit Lake Tribe deal with child protection on the North Dakota reservation.
After conferring with an Interior Department official, Conrad says that two social workers have arrived on the reservation and two law enforcement officers are on the way.
Conrad on Thursday called Spirit Lake a “rudderless ship” where children suffer because of a lack of leadership. He says tribal leaders have not returned his calls and a member of his staff who visited the reservation to investigate the child protection situation there was upset by what she saw and heard.
Tribal officials have said most problems developed before the current tribal administration took office.

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