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Pine Point man ends fast over out-of-home placement of daughter

A Pine Point man who started a fast earlier this month to protest the out-of-home placement of a daughter has ended the protest.

Doug Clark of Pine Point said he lost 25 pounds during the fast, and ended it because he was told his 9-year-old daughter would be placed in the Pine Point area where he could see her often.

He said he dropped from 205 pounds to 180 pounds before ending the fast, which he may resume because now he is not sure his daughter actually will be placed in the Pine Point area.

The girl has been placed in temporary foster care in the Menahga area, and no one in the family has been able to talk to her yet, he said in a phone interview Thursday.

In an earlier story, Clark told Lu Ann Hurd-Lof of the Park Rapids Enterprise that he felt he had been treated unjustly, his family members removed through an incident that was not of his doing.

He had been living in the "new projects" northwest of Pine Point and on April 1 he kept his daughter home from school because she had a fever. He got a ride to the convenience store to get groceries and walked back home.

He had left the 9-year-old and a 3-year-old grandchild home with two older daughters. One left to go for a ride and by the time Clark arrived home, police had arrived and arrested the older one on a warrant.

The young children were removed.

Clark has since been evicted because he has no children in the home, according to an April 3 notice from the tribal housing authority.

He is now living with relatives and has an April 28 court date to contest his eviction.

"Eviction makes it almost impossible to get my kids back," he said earlier. "They had their minds made up before I got there."

Clark hopes one of his sisters will get custody of his 9-year-old. He has an older sister with a foster care license and a house with plenty of room, he said. It will be at least another 30 days before they'll know if that will be acceptable to the tribe, he added.

He has a tribal attorney, Jesse Mickels, who is helping him with legal issues surrounding the case.

Mickels said Thursday he couldn't comment on the case.

A call to tribal child protective services was not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.