Law | National

US Attorney wants to provide help to Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation





The U.S. Attorney's Office in North Dakota is offering assistance to the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon wants to designate the tribe's prosecutor as a special federal prosecutor. That would allow certain tribal cases to be tried in federal court and would provide funding for the tribe.

“They seemed very supportive in the meeting,” Purdon told The Grand Forks Herald of the proposal.

Other tribes have reached agreements with federal prosecutors to run similar programs.

Get the Story:
Federal prosecutors make offer to Spirit Lake Tribe prosecutor, and to assist in plan to protect children (The Grand Forks Herald 9/5)

Related Stories:
Trial delayed for man accused of murdering Spirit Lake children (9/4)
Raymond Foxworth: Spirit Lake Nation crisis rooted in US history (9/3)
BIA reportedly sets deadline over Spirit Lake Nation contracts (8/28)
BIA 'strike team' to address child safety at Spirit Lake Nation (8/27)
Editorial: Spirit Lake Nation problems need sharper attention (8/27)
Sen. Conrad loses confidence in Spirit Lake Nation leadership (8/24)
Editorial: Don't let politics harm children on Spirit Lake Nation (8/24)
Republicans killed money for home visits at Spirit Lake Nation (8/23)
Editorial: Spirit Lake Nation defensive in wake of abuse cases (8/13)
IHS rescinds reprimand of employee in Spirit Lake controversy (8/3)
Editorial: IHS should explain reprimand of tribal whistleblower (7/31)
IHS reprimands employee who warned about Spirit Lake children (7/30)
Man charged for murders of Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation children (7/24)
Editorial: Children's safety at risk on Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation (7/18)
Toddler who died on Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation being laid to rest (7/13)
BIA investigates death of baby girl on Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation (7/11)
Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation faces scrutiny over child welfare woes (7/9)
HHS official blames Spirit Lake Nation for child abuse problems (6/22)
Sen. Hoeven seeks answers on Spirit Lake social services (04/25)
Editorial: A free press is essential, even in a tribal society (4/17)
Deaths of Spirit Lake Dakotah children treated as homicide (05/26)
Spirit Lake mother confirms identities of two slain children (5/25)
Father suspected for deaths of two children at Spirit Lake (5/24)