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Published November 11, 2012, 09:39 AM

BIA details takeover of North Dakota tribe's programs

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has handled more than a hundred reports of suspected child abuse or neglect on the Spirit Lake reservation since taking over social services in October.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has handled more than a hundred reports of suspected child abuse or neglect on the Spirit Lake reservation since taking over social services in October.

The BIA assumed control of the tribe's social service programs after criticism that the tribe has failed to protect vulnerable children.

Forum Communications reports (http://bit.ly/RQCJvD ) that the BIA has new procedures for placing children in foster homes, including ensuring there are documents showing the placement was ordered by a tribal judge.

The BIA also informed the North Dakota congressional delegation on Friday that it has hired a social worker to manage the Spirit Lake Tribe's social services program.

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