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Lawmakers say child welfare on Spirit Lake is a priority

May 2, 2014

North Dakota lawmakers say child welfare on Spirit Lake is a priority in light of the latest child death the reservation.

An infant, approximately eight months old, was found dead last week in Tokio, on the Spirit Lake Nation.

The BIA and the FBI are investigating the death. Senator John Hoeven said Wednesday in a statement that he's concerned, given the recent history at Spirit Lake. Congressman Kevin Cramer says people in charge should take more responsibility in protecting children.

Rep. Kevin Cramer said, "We've got to expect more from people who would aspire to take care of our children, regardless of whose children they are, what color those children are, children deserve adequate protections."

The FBI is not commenting on the investigation into the death. Multiple messages left today for the BIA regarding the investigation were not returned.

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