Editorial: Spirit Lake Nation needs a free and independent press

"Many tribes across America desperately need a free and independent press.

And the Spirit Lake Tribe in North Dakota just might be first on the list.

The tribal council’s refusal to practice good government has been on tragic display. For months in the Herald and elsewhere, Forum Communications news stories have documented the horrifying complaints.

On Sept. 20, the tale landed on the front page of The New York Times under the headline, “A tribe’s epidemic of child sex abuse, minimized for years.”

And despite the fact that the situation prompted a takeover of the tribe’s social-services operation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the tribal council’s refusal to accept responsibility continues."

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Editorial: Spirit Lake and other tribes need a free press (The Grand Forks Herald 10/3)

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