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Published January 23, 2013, 08:59 AM

Spirit Lake tribal official facing 3 charges

FORT TOTTEN, N.D. (AP) — A man hired by the Spirit Lake Sioux last summer to manage the North Dakota tribe's beleaguered child protection program faces charges in an alleged domestic disturbance at a Grand Forks apartment last August.

FORT TOTTEN, N.D. (AP) — A man hired by the Spirit Lake Sioux last summer to manage the North Dakota tribe's beleaguered child protection program faces charges in an alleged domestic disturbance at a Grand Forks apartment last August.

Thirty-four-year-old Mark Little Owl is accused of hitting the mother of his two boys with his fist, taking her cell phone and throwing one of the boys from a bedroom where the alleged incident took place.

He's charged with theft, simple assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His attorney, Patrick Rosenquist, tells the Grand Forks Herald Little Owl intends to plead not guilty. An arraignment is scheduled for March 5.

Little Owl last fall took charge of a tribal social services program that was under fire for allegedly putting children at risk.

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