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Published August 24 2010

2 tribal members face rape charges

MINOT, N.D. — Two members of the Three Affiliated Tribes are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court later this week on multiple rape charges involving minors.

Medicine Bird Morsette of New Town and Dustin Morsette of Minot were indicted earlier this month. How or if they are related is not clear. Court documents indicate they are 20 or 21 years old.

Court documents accuse the men of being gang members who sexually mistreated young girls, and took pictures and videos. They also allegedly provided minors with drugs and alcohol.

Authorities say Medicine Bird Morsette is a convicted sex offender, having been arrested in 2007 and subsequently convicted of impregnating a 12-year-old girl.

Telephone listings could not be found for either Morsette.

Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.