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Associated Press, Published July 24 2012

Feds looking into death on ND reservation

BISMARCK, N.D. — The U.S. attorney's office says federal authorities are investigating a death on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

Thirty-year-old Jeremiah Sage, of Halliday, died Thursday in New Town.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon on Tuesday confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Indian Affairs are looking into the case. He declined to release details.

Cousin Brad Sage, of Mandaree, told The Associated Press members of the family were meeting with authorities Tuesday afternoon to learn about the circumstances of the death.

Sage says he last talked with Jeremiah about nine days ago, and his cousin didn't indicate then that anything was wrong.

BIA officials in New Town and Aberdeen, S.D., referred questions to the bureau's Washington, D.C. office. Spokeswoman Nedra Darling did not immediately return a phone message.

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