Neither the U.S. attorney’s office nor the FBI has released the name of the child, who apparently lived with a relative near St. Michael, N.D., but an FBI spokesman said it continues to be investigated as “a mysterious death.”
The FBI is investigating the death of a toddler on the Spirit Lake Nation Reservation in North Dakota. Investigators arrived on the reservation Thursday along with officials from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Spirit Lake Nation members seeking to remove Roger Yankton Sr. as tribal chairman said Thursday they have more than the required number of signatures to force a recall vote, but they’ll continue to collect signatures.
Senior officials from the U.S. Interior Department and its Bureau of Indian Affairs have agreed to conduct a “town hall meeting” on the Spirit Lake Sioux Reservation to update members of the tribe on efforts to better protect the tribe’s children.
A 2-month-old girl whose July death was seized upon as an example of endangered children on the Spirit Lake reservation died of natural causes.
The cause of Debra Kay Anderson Dogskin’s July 7 death at her mother’s home in St. Michael was Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Andrea Peltier has been standing in cold and blustery weather with a sign urging people to support a documentary film that will cast a critical eye on the prosecution of the man convicted of murdering her brother.
Walk along a dusty street in one of the little reservation towns here, and the stereotypes scream their half-truths. Scruffy children play by abandoned cars, chased by scruffy dogs. Some houses appear abandoned, windows broken or boarded.
“The FBI and BIA investigations continue,” Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota said Wednesday, referring to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Although the autopsy has been completed, he added, “We are awaiting lab test results associated with the investigation.”
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