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After Getting Called Out, Suddenly Heidi Heitkamp Cares About Spirit Lake Scandal

After Getting Called Out, Suddenly Heidi Heitkamp Cares About Spirit Lake Scandal

Earlier this week Rep. Kevin Cramer called out Senator Heidi Heitkamp over her position on the child abuse scandals at Spirit Lake. Rather than focusing on finding a way to protect the kids on the reservation, Senator Heitkamp and her political party have focused more on making political hay out of some controversial comments Cramer

Cramer: "Politics" Keeps Heitkamp Silent On Spirit Lake Child Abuse

The Spirit Lake Indian Reservation has dire problems, most recently manifested in the death of a young child that is being investigated by the feds. When a news crew from NBC affiliate Valley News Live went on the reservation to report on the story of the child’s death, they were attacked. A few months ago,

Fargo News Crew Reportedly In Altercation On Spirit Lake Reservation

According to a source at Spirit Lake, and a source at NBC News affiliate Valley News Live, a camera crew sent from the Fargo TV station to the Spirit Lake reservation to cover the apparent death of a child was allegedly assaulted. The crew was going to interview Sister Joann Streifel, a tribal elder and

North Dakota Media Plays Follow The Leader On Cramer Scandal

It’s fascinating to watch the Democrats’ well-oiled media strategy at work. A couple of weeks ago Rep. Kevin Cramer delivered the commencement address to the University of Mary. Despite the speech being live streamed on the internet, and archived there as well, nothing about it (other than the fact that Cramer had delivered it) was

North Dakota Indians Suppressing Their Own Vote?

According to some, North Dakota passing a tougher voter ID law was all about suppressing the Native American vote. That’s an accusation made by Melissa Merrick, the Spirit Lake woman who accused Rep. Kevin Cramer of berating her during a closed door meeting (a claim Merrick herself admits hasn’t really been confirmed by anyone else).

Spirit Lake Tribal Elders Vote Out Tribal Government Saying They're "Ashamed"

This is a bit of retribution for Rep. Kevin Cramer, I think, as the tribal government that was swift to condemn him for comments about problems with crime and due process on the reservation just got voted out of power. The Spirit Lake tribal elders, saying they’re “ashamed” to even be associated with the tribe,

Video: Despite Problems At Spirit Lake, Heitkamp Defends Expansion Of Tribal Jurisdiction

The Violence Against Women Act has been heralded by Senator Heitkamp as one of the major achievements of her first 100 days in the US Senate. She’s even gone so far as to take a victory lap around the state after its passage in the Senate, and in this observer’s humble opinion she’s been quietly

Audio: Former Spirit Lake Tribal Judge Says Children Still Living With Sex Offenders On Reservation

Earlier today the Grand Forks Herald ran a report quoting current Spirit Lake Tribal Judge Shirley Cain as saying that there are no children being placed with sex offenders on the reservation. The federal government was forced to step in at Spirit Lake to take over the tribes child services programs after whistle blowers revealed

SAB's Top Five From The Week That Was, Open Thread

Here are the top five most read posts on SAB from the last week. Open thread down in the comments. Spirit Lake Whistle Blower Says “Kudos” To Cramer For Alleged Tirade – Reports about an alleged “tirade” by Rep. Kevin Cramer aimed at tribal officials has made plenty of headlines in the state, but the

Video: Spirit Lake Woman Speaks Out About Tribal Corruption

The “star” (for lack of a better word) of a PBS documentary about abuse and corruption at the Spirit Lake Reservation, Robin Poor Bear (Charboneau), was on Chris Berg’s Valley News Live show last night talking about her experiences. Here’s part one, you can view part 2 here. Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand

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