Associated Press, Published September 18 2012
Date set for Bureau of Indian Affairs to take over Spirit Lake programsFORT TOTTEN, N.D. — The Bureau of Indian Affairs has set Oct. 1 as the date it will take control of social service programs on the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota.
Interior Department assistant secretary Donald Laverdure says the BIA in the meantime will work with the tribe to ensure a smooth transition.
The move is being made because of criticism that the tribe has failed to protect vulnerable children. The tribe has been running social service programs under contract with the BIA, but starting next month the federal government will administer the programs.
North Dakota's congressional delegation has issued a statement expressing approval of the handover.
Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton has said most problems predate his administration.
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