During a news conference with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Gov. Dalrymple said FEMA trailers brought in to help Minot after last summer’s flooding should go to the Fort Berthold and Turtle Mountain reservations after the Minot families move out. The trailers were specifically designed for northern climates, Dalrymple said.
Ahead of a compromise that kept the federal government running, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Friday allayed some fears of American Indian leaders worried a shutdown would be devastating to tribes, saying law enforcement services and schools it oversees would not be affected.
Co-sponsored by Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and John Thune, R-S.D., the Tribal Law and Order Act strengthens one of the weakest points of federal law: the conduct of law enforcement on Indian reservations.
A Bismarck woman is accused of leaving her 6-year-old son home alone at night while she drove to a city an hour to the east. Authorities said Joanie Sanda, 39, drove to Medina late Wednesday, and the boy called 911 when he woke up early Thursday and became scared when he could not find his mother.
Marwin Smith has no good way of knowing whether criminals on a South Dakota reservation are repeat offenders, whether they might have a history of domestic abuse or other violence.
As the attorney general for the Oglala Sioux, he estimates the 44 tribal officers on the Pine Ridge Reservation make about 22,000 arrests each year, with gangs being a significant part of that number.
Illegal activities such as corruption and the misuse of tribal funds have taken place in most tribal communities, if not all. This learned behavior has taken its toll on the American Indian population across the U.S. When will it stop? What can be done?
Federal recognition makes tribes eligible for economic assistance, housing grants and other government benefits. But some Indian groups have seen their petitions for recognition languish for decades without a decision from the Interior Department, including a group with its origins on land that became North Dakota.
The Associated Press carried a rather sobering report last week about new federal efforts to combat tribal crime. Sobering because of the example The AP used to get into its story: “On just a single day this year on the Red Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, police and investigators received emergency calls about a suicide, a murder, three stabbings, two shootings and multiple incidents of domestic violence.”
On some reservations, the oft-quoted refrain is, “don’t get sick after June,” when the federal dollars run out. It’s a sick joke, and a sad one because it is sometimes true. Indian Health Service fficials said they have about half of what they need to operate, and patients know they must be dying or about to lose a limb to get serious care.
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