Editorial: Don't let politics harm children on Spirit Lake Nation

"When it comes to improving child protection on the Spirit Lake Sioux reservation, this much is clear:

Partisanship doesn’t help.

It’s an understandable reflex for lawmakers, whose lives in the Legislature are consumed by political alliances and quarrels.

But it may not add much to North Dakotans’ understanding of the child-protection crisis, whose origins and timeline cross years or maybe decades of legislative and executive party lines.

Furthermore, partisan shots serve only to hurt the targeted party and make them defensive. That pushes any kind of broad and bipartisan solution to the crisis — the only kind of solution that will work — even further out of reach."

Get the Story:
OUR OPINION: Crisis at Spirit Lake transcends partisanship (The Grand Forks Herald 8/24)

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