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Published June 27, 2013, 08:35 AM

Spirit Lake Tribal Judge Shirley Cain no longer presides over tribal court

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Spirit Lake Tribal Judge Shirley Cain no longer presides over tribal court.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Spirit Lake Tribal Judge Shirley Cain no longer presides over tribal court.

Sources say her departure has to do with the death of a toddler near Saint Michael two weeks ago.

Cain had given 30 days notice of her resignation, but the tribe decided to oust her immediately.

Child welfare advocates say they've had issues with the court for years, and hope whoever takes over will break from the past.

Jesse Rmey-Gillem: Advocate: "The members of the Spirit Lake Nation who are now, the good people, now are on point and aware and are sick and tired of it."

Cain declined comment.

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