Editorial: IHS can't hide from child abuse at Spirit Lake Nation

"The Indian Health Service has changed its mind. Dr. Michael Tilus won’t be reprimanded after all.

That’s a good thing. It’s the right thing.

Tilus is the clinical psychiatrist who raised the alarm about child abuse at Spirit Lake. The system, he alleged, had failed to protect children there.

Extensive investigation the U.S. attorney and the FBI substantiated Tilus’ claims. Charges have been brought in the deaths of two children.

Media attention focused on the situation at Spirit Lake as well.

Reporters for the Herald and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead had no trouble finding child advocates, social workers and health care professionals who substantiated Tilus’ charges."

Get the Story:
OUR OPINION: Indian Health Service can’t escape child abuse scandal (The Grand Forks Herald 8/4)

Another Opinion:
Forum editorial: Tell truth and get punished (The Fargo Forum 8/5)

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