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Citing child abuse concerns, administrator urges halting Spirit Lake's funding

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A federal human services administrator is urging sweeping steps to correct what he calls bureaucratic "inaction and excuses" in failing to protect endangered children at Spirit Lake Nation.

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The regional federal administrator wrote state and federal officials, in a detailed June 14 email, that many children on the reservation in north central North Dakota are subjected to physical, sexual and emotional abuse -- including the unprosecuted murder of two siblings more than a year ago.

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