BIA to take over Spirit Lake Nation social services program

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will take control of social services from the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation of North Dakota.

The tribe had a self-determination contract with the BIA. But the tribe requested a retrocession amid scrutiny of child welfare services on the reservation.

“The decision allowing the BIA to take back the Spirit Lake Tribe’s contracted social services program was made after careful consideration of what was best for all concerned, particularly with regard to the health and safety of their children,” acting assistant secretary Del Laverdure said in a press release. “I want to thank the Spirit Lake leadership for working with us over the past months, and for their willingness to recognize this action as an opportunity to rebuild their social services program for the future.”

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