Editorial: IHS should explain reprimand of a tribal whistleblower

"The sad and troubling news coming from Spirit Lake got a little more troubling over the weekend.

A whistleblower who called attention to the situation there has been reprimanded and reassigned by the Indian Health Service.

Michael Tilus called attention to conditions at Spirit Lake in April in a letter that bluntly criticized the Spirit Lake Tribe for serious failures in protecting children.

That’s hardly sufficient reason for such discipline, given the circumstances.

The Indian Health Service needs to explain itself.

Otherwise, the stain on its integrity caused by the situation at Spirit Lake only deepens.

Because it sure looks as if Tilus was disciplined because he talked when others wanted him to be quiet."

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OUR OPINION: Indian Health Service must explain Tilus reprimand (The Grand Forks Herald 7/31)

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