Attorneys representing the man accused of abusing and killing two children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in 2011 asked a federal judge Thursday to suppress statements he made to FBI agents in July.
Residents of Spirit Lake who are concerned about the safety of children on the reservation should know this: The most important thing they can do to help us in our efforts to protect children is to immediately report any criminal activity they witness directly to law enforcement.
Lawrence Roberts and Timothy Purdon
, March 09, 2013
Three North Dakota men have pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine. Fulton Merrick Jr., Garrick Mini and Rayone Sherman are each charged in federal court with distribution of a controlled substance.
Sioux defenders of UND’s former nickname made one more push here Thursday to restore the Fighting Sioux name, asking the Eighth U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse a district court order dismissing their lawsuit against the NCAA.
Brandt Richard Yankton, 24, of Fort Totten, N.D., has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for assaulting a federal officer resulting in bodily harm, according to U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon on Thursday.
The rest of the Top 10 stories of 2012 ranged from stories about the shocking deaths of young people, to stories about surprising changes in the community, such as Grand Forks’ only hospital buying its would-be rival in town. A long-standing controversy over UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname appeared to end, while long-standing problems with the Spirit Lake tribe’s child protection system appear to continue into the new year.
The 4-month-old infant was hospitalized for a month before being placed in foster care until last week, when the child was returned to its addicted mother, according to a report made to federal officials.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has handled more than 100 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect at the reservation. It has new procedures for placing children in foster homes and has hired a social worker. Earlier this week, some members of the Spirit Lake Tribe, however, complained that visible progress is not being made.
A St. Michael, N.D., man has been sentenced to three years in prison, with a year already served, and three years of probation for killing a Grand Forks man while driving drunk, the North Dakota U.S. Attorney’s office said Monday.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., huddled here Friday with Spirit Lake tribal leaders and urged them to act fast and openly to resolve deficiencies in the tribe’s social services program, under fire recently for allegedly leaving children at risk.
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