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Man charged for murders of Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation children

A man has been charged in connection with the murders of two children on the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation in North Dakota.

Destiny Jane Shaw-DuBois, 9, and Travis Lee DuBois Jr, 6, were found dead in a home on the reservation in May 2011. The children, whose mother is a tribal member, were killed in their father's home.

The father, however, was not charged in connection with their deaths. The U.S. Attorney for North Dakota said Valentino “Tino” James Bagola, 19, was responsible.

“Everyone was saying, ‘Why haven’t they done anything?’ It took so long. It just rankled everybody and wore on their nerves," Cheryl Good Iron told The Grand Forks Herald.

Bagola, who appeared in federal court yesterday, pleaded not guilty to four counts. It was not reported whether he is a member of a federally recognized tribe.

Get the Story:
Man charged in 2011 killings of 9-year-old, 6-year-old on Spirit Lake Reservation (The Grand Forks Herald 7/24)
St. Michael man arrested, charged with first-degree murder (The Devils Lake Journal 7/24)
Man Charged in 2011 Killings of 2 Children on Spirit Lake Reservation (WDAZ 7/23)
St. Michael man charged in children’s deaths on Spirit Lake Reservation (The Bismarck Tribune 7/23)

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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)

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