The Office of Justice Services, part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is sending seven new law enforcement agents to the Spirit Lake Reservation. Tribal Chairman Leander “Russ” McDonald says he hopes it’s the first step in a long-term investment on the reservation.
Child protection has been the No. 1 priority for new Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Russ McDonald. It’s one of the main topics he’s talking about with other tribal leaders and federal officials this week for the White House Tribal Nations conference in Washington.
A WDAZ-TV reporter said he was just doing his job when two people attacked him on the Spirit Lake Reservation. The incident happened just after 3:30 Tuesday afternoon when reporter Adam Ladwig was on the scene of a garage fire at a residence.
A Spirit Lake Indian Reservation woman who was awarded custody of infant twin girls despite a history of child neglect was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison in the death of one of the children, who was thrown down an embankment.
Valentino Bagola , the man convicted last month on two murder counts for the brutal stabbing deaths of two children on the Spirit Lake reservation, says he wasn’t fit to stand trial and should be released from jail.
The Spirit Lake Water Resources Office and its water supplier say tests indicate the water in the Spirit Lake system is safe. Some people recently said they were concerned about the appearance of their tap water.
The father of two slain children is shown in a video-recorded FBI interview expressing remorse for their deaths, but said he could not recall killing them. The interview segment was shown to jurors Tuesday as the trial of Valentino “Tino” Bagola continued in U.S. District Court.
The trial of the man charged with murder in the killing of two children on the Spirit Lake reservation opened Wednesday morning with a clash between the prosecution and defense regarding confessions by the suspect and the children’s father.
The Spirit Lake Tribal Council has confirmed that Interim Director of Social Services Paul Hutchinson has been fired. Hutchinson succeeded previous director Mark Little Owl. The decision was made in a council meeting Monday. His last day will likely be today.
The American Red Cross here announced Wednesday it sent 4,300 bottles of water to the Spirit Lake Nation where 300 homes were “without potable water.” But tribal officials said the water is fine to drink – people just don’t like it.
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