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Published October 26, 2012, 09:26 AM

North Dakota tribe holds conference on child protection

FORT TOTTEN, N.D. (AP) — The Spirit Lake tribe is holding a two-day conference on issues including child protection and family violence.

FORT TOTTEN, N.D. (AP) — The Spirit Lake tribe is holding a two-day conference on issues including child protection and family violence.

The Grand Forks Herald reports the "Awareness and Healing" conference is part of the North Dakota tribe's response to widespread criticism about child welfare on the reservation.

The tribe this month surrendered responsibility for foster care placements, child abuse investigations and other services to the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Chief Tribal Judge Shirley Cain says the tribe lacks the resources it needs to adequately staff child protective services and address the underlying causes of child abuse and violence. But tribal leaders say they're determined to resume management of social services.

Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton says the conference Thursday and Friday will help people in various tribal agencies better understand their roles.

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