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Spirit Lake Nation In North Dakota: A True Story of Injustice

Updated on November 3, 2014

“In looking at this information, it is important to view violence against Native American women as a continuum of crime…crime experienced from birth through death. Babies hear the domestic violence in the home, and are assaulted or abused; children are molested, beaten, neglected and abused; teens suffer date rape or date violence; young women are raped, abused or assaulted; married women suffer all forms of domestic violence and sexual assault; and seniors face elder abuse and financial fraud.”

Ms. Roi Holt, Victim Assistance Coordinator, U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs.

A TRUE STORY

North Dakota is considered by many to be the third safest state in the nation with regards to violent crime. It is also, because of the Bakken Formation, rapidly becoming one of the go-to places in the United States for employment. A place of safety….a place of prosperity….this is North Dakota in 2012.

The Spirit Lake Tribe reservation was established by a treaty between the United States Government and the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Bands in 1867. The reservation lies in East Central North Dakota and comprises a total of 245,141 acres of which 26,283 acres are tribally owned.

This is Northern Plains country, flat terrain and rolling hills, with wooded areas sprinkled across the vast landscape. Devils Lake provides an oasis in this windswept region and the Sheyenne River flows along the southern boundary of the Reservation for fifty miles on its way to the Red River and ultimately Manitoba, Canada. Slightly less than 7,000 people live on the Reservation today, many of whom are descendants of the proud Sioux tribes of the 18th and 19th centuries. The Sioux tribes of yesteryear were proud people, fierce warriors, and people of compassion and wisdom. They were respected by friends and foe alike for their bravery, intelligence and strong sense of community. Sadly the same cannot be said today.

THE STORY UNFOLDS

On the afternoon of May 21, 2011, Spirit Lake Tribe’s child case worker,Betty Jo Krenz, was called by Tribal authorities and asked to report to a home on the Reservation. She quickly responded and at approximately four p.m. she entered a home in the town of St. Michael, where police and ambulance crews were already on the scene. I will let the words of Betty Jo speak for themselves:

“At 4:00 p.m. I entered the home where I was told there was a three-year old survivor, a dead nine-year old girl and a dead six-year old boy. The young boy came running out of a back room. The boy was covered in blood. The smell was something I will never forget. Rotting flesh, dried blood, old garbage all rolled into one. I turned around to see a room full of bloody handprints about two feet off of the floor with scratch marks to the floor. Both children had been stabbed repeatedly; they had been dead for some time as the bodies had started to decay. The little girl and boy had been violated. The boy had cigarette burns all over his broken body. The little child that survived told me he hid in the cupboard while the bald man cut baby Travis and Destiny.”

The home where the children were found is in a housing development where there are neighbors twenty feet away. The murder scene was in no way isolated. Surely someone must have seen or heard something the day of the murders. Surely someone in this once proud nation, this once compassionate and caring nation, must have questioned why these three children were home alone, why their parents had left them, why no one was there to protect them from this vicious attack.

THE QUESTIONS MOUNT RAPIDLY

Dead were nine-year old Destiny DuBois and her brother, six-year old Travis DuBois Jr. They had been reported missing several days earlier by their father, Travis DeBois. The nightmare for the children had ended. The nightmare for the community had just begun.

Spirit Lake is an autonomous nation within the United States, and as such is a breeding ground for jurisdictional problems. The ruling body of the Spirit Lake Nation is the Tribal Council, led by Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton. The majority of crimes on the Reservation are investigated and handled by the Tribal Police, but felonies are handled by the FBI. The murders of these two children became a political and jurisdictional football, kicked around by the Tribal Police, the FBI, the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) and the IHS (Indian Health Services).

While the football was being kicked around questions mounted. Why were the children alone in the house? Where was the father? Where was the mother? Why had no neighbors heard anything?

On the same day that the children were discovered, the father was arrested and taken into custody. He pleaded guilty to public intoxication and reckless endangerment, and would remain in jail on those charges a full year after the murders.

The mother, Mena Shaw, was not living with the children at the time of their murder. She had been recently separated from her husband and she herself had misdemeanor convictions for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

FOURTEEN MONTHS THEN PASS

On Monday, July 23, 2012, U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon announced that Valentino James Bagola, age 19, had been arrested in the slayings of the DuBois children. He is being held on four counts of first-degree murder and his tentative trial date is September 24th.

Purdon issued this statement following the arrest: “This investigation included the thorough examination of a great deal of forensic evidence and law enforcement interviews of many, many individuals.”

On the surface, a happy ending to a horrific event; the community can finally breathe a sigh of relief!

Or can they?

THERE IS SOMETHING ROTTEN IN DENMARK

Fourteen months! Talk to people on the reservation and they will tell you that very little was done in the way of investigating. Canvassing of the neighborhood where the children were killed, a fairly common police practice, did not occur in this case.

The man eventually arrested, Mr. Bagola, has a full head of hair and can in no way be mistaken for bald.

A registered sex offender who lives on the reservation, oneRobert Herman Jr.. (who is bald) was never questioned. It is worth noting that Mr. Herman is the nephew of the Tribal Chairman.

While on the subject of the Tribal Chairman, those living on the reservation have told this author that the Chairman rules the reservation like a dictator and his corruption is widely known. Those who speak out against him have lost their jobs and in some instances had their homes burned to the ground.

THE STORY CONTINUES TO DETERIORATE

The United States Indian Health Services state that alcohol dependency is six times greater for Indians than for the rest of the population in this country. Alcohol related deaths comprise 11.7% of all Indian deaths compared to 3.3% for the rest of the citizens of this country. Drug abuse is on the rise, abuse, parental neglect and rape are at epidemic proportions, and the true nightmare of this story is that there is no solution in sight.

Betty Jo Krenz, the Spirit Lake case worker who was called to the murder scene, went to the FBI and BIA with accusations against the Tribe for misuse of Federal funds and for seriously negligible practicesregarding the safety of children. She was fired the next day by the Tribe. She has since received death threats and been forced off of the road several times while driving her car.

The Tribe psychologist, Dr. Tillus, was transferred to another area after he wrote a letter of concern about child and family safety on the Reservation.

On July 11, 2012, a 2-month old child died from neglect on the Reservation. Deborah Anderson died shortly after her family was denied help from Social Services. Federal officials say other family members reported child neglect to Tribal Social Services; the child’s mother, Rainey Anderson, had also been reported for suspected drug us and allegations of neglect of her other children.

On June 14th Thomas Sullivan, regional administrator for the U.S. Administration for Children and Families, called for a state of emergency at Spirit Lake. In his letter to state and federal officials, he stated: “The children of the Spirit Lake Reservation are being subjected to actual abuse or the threat of such abuse due to the actions and inactions of adults who have responsibility to protect them from such abuse.” He added, in a condemnation of Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton, “They have hung signs at the borders of the Spirit Lake Nation, ‘Pedophiles Welcome,’ They have made these signs operational by firing professional, qualified staff, directing their replacements to ignore reports of abuse and neglect, refusing to prosecute the most egregious cases of abuse, even the murder of children, by demonizing those who speak out on behalf of these children.” He went on to call for charges to be brought against Yankton for felony child abuse and endangerment.

Chairman Yankton has cited staff turnover and inadequate federal funding for the tribe’s problems.

The North Dakota Department of Human Services states that they have limited jurisdiction and has acted where it can.

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has stated that where the state can act it has acted.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says he is proud of his office’s record in prosecuting criminal child abuse and neglect at Spirit Lake.

CLEARLY THERE IS A DISREGARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

So those are the facts. Nothing printed in this article is supposition and all facts are verifiable and a matter of record.

Which leaves us with the inevitable question WHY?

Why were those two murdered children alone in that house that fateful day?

Why was the investigation into their deaths so sophomoric in scope?

Why are those who speak out against the Tribal Council either threatened, fired, or harmed?

Why were two children murdered in a neighborhood and no one heard or saw anything?

Why have abuse and neglect become the norm at Spirit Lake?

Why have the people, sworn to protect children and women, failed at their jobs?

Why was a known sex offender, with a history of violence, not looked at by authorities? Nepotism?

Why has the Federal Government allowed a weak and ineffectual Tribal Council to continue on?

Why….Why….Why?

I have no obvious vested interest in Spirit Lake Nation. I do not live there. However, I am a human being, and as such I believe my interest in Spirit Lake should be the interest of anyone who claims to be compassionate. As a nation that has led the charge for human rights around the world, and in fact gone to war because of human rights issues, I have to ask why human rights violations are ignored in our own country? How can we spend hundreds of millions in Africa and Haiti and not spend a little bit of time policing North Dakota?

One resident of Spirit Lake summed it up beautifully: “In the middle of one of the safest states in the United States, one of the wealthiest states whose reputation is one of good old-fashioned morals and ethics, is a sovereign nation where women and children are a commodity. These children live in a constant state of fear. Hunger is a constant issue; rape is as common among children and women as the flu. It’s not a matter of if you will be raped but rather when it will happen and how many times.”

How is this all possible? For one, lack of information is a crucial factor. What goes on in an Indian reservation in North Dakota is not common knowledge. It is a small sampling of a small state, and as such it is not big news. Awareness will increase as more and more people speak out against it.

For another, complacency is a factor. We have become a society that cares only about our own lives and our own comforts. We have forgotten how to stand up for others because we are too busy building our own protective fortress and taking care of our own needs. This has to stop! What happens to our weakest happens to us.

Then there is fear! Fear has a grip on the people of Spirit Lake, and it is understandable for sure. When your life is threatened, when your livelihood is threatened, then the natural reaction is to stay silent. However, fear has no grip on those of us who do not live in Spirit Lake Nation, and it appears that it is up to us to help those who live in fear. The Tribal Council at Spirit Lake has no hold on me, and in a free society I have the ability to speak out against injustice. I am calling out the thugs for what they are….thugs no better than any other gang hierarchy who prey on the weak for their own gratification and benefit. These are bullies plain and simple, and as such they need to be called out and exposed for what they are, and like all bullies throughout history, they will slink back to the hole from which they came when they are confronted.

I call on the United States Government to step in and protect those people you have sworn to protect.

I call on the good people of Spirit Lake to protect the innocent and not allow them to become prey.

I call on anyone with a conscience to share this article and spread the word about injustice.

In the time it took to read this article, another child has been abused at Spirit Lake Nation. How many more need to suffer? How many more need to die?

The Sioux people of years gone by were a proud people, a compassionate people, a people honored and respected by their peers. How would the revered chiefs of old feel about the Tribal Council of today? Are the traditions of the past being upheld today, or are those honorable traditions being re-written by those who are only concerned with the advancement of their own greed, power and evil?

I mourn for the children of Spirit Lake Nation! My greatest fear is that Travis and Destiny died, and life at Spirit Lake will go on like nothing happened.

UPDATE

The public defenders office has contacted me and others, preparing for the trial of Mr. Bagola. The state and Federal officials have convened several times on the Reservation, and changes have been made in the Social Service Dept. as of 9/29/2012. This story is ongoing, but improvements in the care for foster children have been made. Stay tuned for further updates as they happen.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)


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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      Bill: Clearly I share your concerns, but you must remember that reservations are sovereign nations. The US government has no legal standing there. Thus, if there is corruption on any level, only the tribe can address it. If they choose not to do so (or are too afraid to do so), then it continues. The only way to protect the children is to remove them from the tribe, but because of culture and tradition, this will never happen. It's a very sad state of affairs and is totally upsetting.

      Voted up.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Agree with Timetraveller on that one, lest any intervention be seen as a form of undiplomatic interference. Good as the intent is, sometimes there's a limit to what can be done. The best way out of such difficult situations is through education.....not in terms of academics, but in terms of life skills and social awareness.

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      kingmaxler 4 years ago from Olympia, Washington USA

      Pain. This hurts down to the core. Insanity. May your words ignite a fire in the hearts of people that cannot be put out until change occurs that brings safety to those who are innocent.

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      Bettyk71 4 years ago

      The tribe is a sovereign nation but, it is bound to observe federal laws.

      Relationship. The federal government has a "duty to protect" the tribes, implying (courts have found) the necessary legislative and executive authority

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      I am extremely sorry about the unfortunate deaths of two innocent kids. You rightly pointed out that the Government should provide tight-knit protection for the people; people should protect their children and we should spread the word about injustice. Your voice is now heard louder than before! Thank you for sharing your concerns about this serious matter with us!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Time, that's what I thought to when I first started researching this problem....but the Fed. Govt. can step in and place the leadership in receivership and force a new election of council....and if nothing else, this will raise awareness and for that it is worth it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, there may be a limit but we haven't even approached it yet. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bev, I love you and I love your heart.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Betty; you said it better than I did.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ishwaryaa, thank you for caring enough to read and comment; greatly appreciated.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      It's funny you posted this because I just was at a Native American reservation this past weekend and it got me wondering about the whole legality issue and sovereignty. It is a great hub that will raise awareness no doubt. I am not sure how to deal with such horrific issues like this, when the relationship between NA and the US tends to be fraught with tensions...obviously so, but nonetheless, seems like such a huge problem. So sad. Well done Billy.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, you really did a great job on this article and have to tell you I have been looking forward to reading this true story for days. I cannot believe the injustice that has occurred and is still occurring on the Spirit Lake Tribe reservation. Those poor children that were tortured and murdered, as a mother I am appalled at what they went through and how their killer/torturer was apparently swept under the rug due to nepotism. Seriously these once proud people should definitely be ashamed of themselves. Thank you for having the courage to write this story and I have voted, shared and tweeted to Twitter and Facebook too!!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is so awful. Even though they're on a reservation, is seems the federal govt could step in and do SOMETHING! Yes, like you say, at least raise awareness. Perhaps your article will help. Your articles have reached people before.

      Great job.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vicki! We shall see what happens, but at the very least I know I have done something worthwhile with my writing to help these kids.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, it is a bureaucratic nightmare, and while legalities are discussed kids are suffering. I am sick of this...sick to my stomach...in my heart....

      Thank you my dear!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine; mothers everywhere should be outraged. If it can happen to one child it can happen to any child. I so appreciate your heart and the kind of person that you are.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      It hurts to my core when kids are involved. They are so innocent and trusting. What I would like to say in this comment Google wouldn't appreciate. So I'll say thank you Bill for getting the word out. I felt your intensity as you wrote this hub, you must have been mentally exhausted afterwards...and still are when you come back to it.

      In Florida it's mostly parents killing their own kids. It's a sad, sad world sometimes. Luckily, not always.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Terrible story! The good thing is that this article will be read by many. I believe that bullying social service workers is a sign of a rotten administration. We will spread the word and watch the unfolding events. Reminds me of the movie Bordertown (2006) and the connection with authorities. I feel awfully sorry for these children... the death won't come back, but what goes around comes around, and that never fails. We got some names and we will be watching these thugs. Thanks Billy, you have not written this hub in vain. I know your soul very well, and I applaud you spirit!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, I am just going to keep plugging along on this until someone who can do something does do something. Thank you my friend; you have a huge heart to be willing to take up this cause with me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I simply don't understand how all of this could happen,....and no, it is not just on the reservation. It seems that as poverty grows, morals decay....and I'm not sure I understand why.

      Thank you for your passion; you are greatly appreciated.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      This is a tough one Bill, but as you stated here why why why, people will never learn it seems, but I believe God has their number for sure, I have strong faith that he will handle these foul individuals one way or another (The thugs as you called them).

      I will surely share your message, and across every network I participate in, because righteousness is my purpose as well, and I won't sleep a sound nights sleep until the world knows such a fact that I am here to bring great changes for the better of us all, as well my brother, as you already know.

      My grandmother was murdered, and I never got to meet her, it was before my time, my mom was sexually abused as a child, and so I am not a stranger to this reality, no way no how, and now you see the inner source of my outer purpose an personal philosophies today.

      I do believe though Bill, that Love is the only answer to this equation and dilemma of sorts that humanity as a whole has put itself in (That of Evil deeds), we can put out the fires, but like any stubborn fire it will find some way to rekindle itself in due time, but love can do away with such an inferno of the human kind once and for all.

      This long comment will not be changed into a hub, it needs to be seen and heard all across the internet, and I hope this article reaches millions for the sake of helping the people of that Spirit Lake Reservation, and to bring justice for all of the victims there.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, thank you for sharing such personal information, and it does at least partly explain your fervor and commitment to helping others. I have always believed love is the answer. I'm not sure how to bring about social change but I know if I don't at least try then I can't live with who I am.

      And so I write....and hope that others will read....and we keep spreading the word until some people change their ways....one drop in the bucket...and then another....and we keep doing our thing, Mike.

      Thank you brother!

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      shiningirisheyes 4 years ago

      The hell with sovereign nations - where does it end? They can commit attrocities so heinous and not be held responsible or accountable? Normally I would think they will pay the ultimate price in the afterlife but in this case that's just not enough for the helpless current and future victims. This is a prime example of abuse of power and priviledge by those such as Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton. This has progressed to a point of severity because they have been allowed to hide under an umbrella of protection claiming tribal immunity. Unfortunately, poverty and lack of education is the route to so much of this violence. Tribal elders exude control by using tools of poverty and lack of life skills.

      I am of Native American blood and am ashamed, appalled and shocked. A proud people? I'm not proud today, I hang my head.

      God Bless those helpless victims.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      I hope something can be done about this for sure. The question, as you stated is WHY? Throughout history, humans have committed horrid atrocities against each other. Why? When we're supposed to be civilized, we still have so many - all over the world - that are ruled by evil, power and greed. Why? So many questions, and yet so few answers. *sigh*

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      Bettyk71 4 years ago

      @shiningirisheyes do not be ashamed of your native American blood today, be proud that you are who you are and that you find the time to educate yourself and the people around you.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Billy, you brought out lot of points here that I have seen, living near a reservation in Maine.... And you are absolutely right, there were once a proud nation! It's sad to see such stories taking place in our Nation!

      Voting up and everything.....

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Wow - I don't even know what I should say to this. I am sickened by this whole issue.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barber, as am I! This is not acceptable at all, no matter whether it be in the slums of New York or on an Indian Reservation. Thank you for caring enough to read and comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LaThing, it is incredibly sad....for the children I thank you for caring.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Betty; well said!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, you are right of course, but I have seen, in my lifetime, great changes, and they are all began with awareness and admitting that there is a problem. Hopefully this is the first step in the process of change. Thank you lil' Sis!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Becki, thank you for being the person that you are; give me a caring, compassionate person any day. We will do what we can. Yes, God bless the kids, but God is telling me to get off of my lazy butt and do something to help Him.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bill,

      WOW! I am sad, disheartened, livid, and and downright angry upon reading this story! I am right there alongside of you begging the question "WHY?". It is a shame that the neighborhood was not canvassed. It is shame that these poor kids had to die, unnoticed! I can but only pray that justice is served in Spirit Lake.

      Your compassion shown through this story, and I hope many people's eyes will be opened to the injustice that is taking place on this reservation!

      I thank you for doing your part and raising awareness of this awful hate crime. I am disgusted because of what I have just learned and completely appalled! I also mourn for these children that are so very vulnerable in Spirit Lake, but also everywhere. We know that it is unfortunately not just tasking place there. It occurs everywhere!

      But, I am glad you have been able to share this personal story, so we can see the closeness and severity of what is taking place on a regular basis! Bill, this was an extremely important article, and I pray that it does not go unnoticed!

      I will be sharing wherever possible!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Bill, your article is illuminating and heartbreaking at the same time. The story going on there is insane as is the bureaucratic lethargy. I have always said, the very fact that this country has given special rights to "Groups" such as Indian, Gay, Women, Black, Immigrant etc. that the fact that we are all HUMAN is forgotten. There are so many things wrong with this picture that knowing where to start to correct it is vary hard.

      But One thing I honestly feel would help, is to eliminate ALL special interest groups from receiving attention and giving that attention to all people equally simply as people that need help.

      By allowing groups like this to have autonomy we have created the problem, made the problem bigger and given free reign to untrained, criminal elements.

      I know this opinion will be misunderstood by some, unpopular to others but I do not care. This simply has to stop!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Josh, thank you for taking the time to read this and for sharing the story. Awareness is the key...this cannot continue to go on unnoticed and forgotten about....these kids need someone to be their advocate.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I actually understand your comment perfectly. This is a human being problem; the rights of people transcend any racial grouping. To label a group of human beings and make assistance dependent on that label is to lessen the effect of whatever help can be given. Cut out the bureaucracy and get down to a human level...these are vulnerable, defenseless human beings who are suffering...that is all that should matter.

      Thank you buddy!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Same story, different decade, different reservation. You would think as higher intelligent beasts, we would learn from our mistakes and our past. This pisses me off on so many different levels.

      I have forwarded the link to this story to the head of news at the Dickinson Press in hopes that they will pick up the story, since it doesn't seem to be coverened in any of the news outlets on the western part of North Dakota or Eastern Montana, yet the story of the abducted and murdered school teacher that happened last fall was splashed all over the place.

      If I were a non-fiction writer, I would write this story and give it away free.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you TT; any exposure is a positive step. I appreciate you and for the kids, thank you! And yes, it pisses me off royally.

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      TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

      Hey bill, thanks for writing this. It would be great if changes were made, but you have helped by spreading the word. 7

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      Bettyk71 4 years ago

      I am glad it pisses people off. It should!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Betty, we can always count on TT to get pissed at injustice.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Wendy! I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      That is so sad. I am American Indian...alcohol is a huge problem for Indians as they lack an enzyme that breaks down alcohol. For this reason - I hardly ever drink. If I did - I know that I would probably become an alcoholic - higher risk for me. Biggest trick the cowboys pulled on the Indians - drive up with a load and liquor and start trading!

      This is incredibly sad and I really hope that with people like you writing and educating others - this behavior will stop! You can't make things go away by sweeping them under the rug.

      Those children - I so hope they did not die just to be forgotten. They should send in the troops and start restructuring that whole reservation!

      Incredible Bill - thank you so much for bringing this into the light.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Betty Jo, if you are out there, my email is down so I have no way of knowing if you are writing to me.

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      Bill, you have a strong heart for sharing this story and changing the world little by little. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Keith; I only hope it has some impact.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kelly; it does my heart good to know that there are those like you who care enough to read, comment and be outraged by this. Bless you my friend!

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      Lori J Latimer 4 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      John Trudell said it well when he broke down the word and it's meaning; Just Ice. I have shared this, and posted it on Pinterest. I am sorry this tragedy was allowed to occur. Peace & Love & true justice to you and Spirit Lake.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      As horrific as these events are, this is the first I know of it. The degree of corruption in America's government is seen everyday. With social services on the case and in full view of the media, America was horrified to see the end-results of ineffective action in the violent murder/suicide of two little boys, the sons of suspected murderer, their father, Josh Powell. My feeling is that if the gov't intervention through our social services failed this Washington family so miserably, there is little hope for change in the Spirit Lake Nation.

      You have made huge strides, Bill, in uncovering what has been hidden. The first step in change is awareness. Here in STL, just yesterday, the news broke in with a story about the discovery of a mother and her two young sons found dead in an affluent home in a closeknit community nearby in Webster Groves. It has already been ruled a murder/suicide. This situation, of course, is vastly different from the horrors you relay on the reservation. But, the community is stunned, having had no idea of any problems within their neighbor's home. The mother was involved with feeding the hungry, the children attended private school and the neighborhood boasted their involved community spirit. One older couple, in grief, stated that "if they'd only known, they would have helped." I sincerely hope your truth motivates everyone who reads it here. Awareness is the first step, since change doesn't happen in a vacuum. Ignorance is no longer an excuse. Thank you, Bill.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Bill, hope you don't mind that I passed your story on to FoxNews as well. :)

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      Bettyk71 4 years ago

      Bill, I am astonished at the outpouring of compassion coming from people all over the country. I have received calls and emails from national media outlets that up until now have silenced destiny and travis's cries. Thank you for using your gift of words to give these children a voice!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Betty Jo, that makes my heart soar! Thank you for telling me that!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT...I love you like a sister! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lilly, thank you for your compassion and for sharing this story. Peace and love to you as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy my dear friend, you speak the truth. We begin with awareness and move on from there. We are reaching people; this is a good thing we are doing. If one child suffers less because of this outpouring of love then we will have been at least partially successful.

      Thank you my dear; you are a kindred spirit and I love you for who you are.

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      Bettyk71 4 years ago

      @TT the children of spirit lake thank you for helping their voices be heard!

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      TT is a saint and I love her to death!

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      Katheryn 4 years ago from United States

      We can all pray that this will spark media attention which will put some pressure on those who are not doing their jobs. The sad thing is that these kinds of things are happening to innocent children everywhere at an alarmingly high rates and even by people who one would least expect would bring harm to a child.

      As more and more people of all religions loose faith and belief in a higher power and that there is no afterlife to be concerned with; morals, compassion and basic right and wrong go by the wayside. Then you add the factor of an economy which is in decline and more and more moving from middle class into poverty with a very elite 1% taking everything, there will be a complete breakdown of society and we will witness more inhumanities going on all around us. Most of us are too complacent and for whatever the reason(s) stay quiet when there is a need to speak (shout) out that something won't be tolerated. Too many are "sheeple" who quietly follow and obey never questioning? As children question everything; so must we as adults. We must act like adults and step up to the plate and speak out loud and clear to protect those who cannot protect themselves. I feel so very sorry for the horror and anger the child caseworker must feel to have to see firsthand such atrocities and then watch as it is swept under the rug. However, if you believe there is a life after "this" life; those who commit such evil will not "rest in peace". As always, Bill, great hub and very thought provoking and I'm sure, in some way will help the memories of the two children be ingrained in our minds and possibly lead to changes which will protect the most innocent of victims. But to be honest, we can all use a good lighthearted laugh about now!

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Bill, you told this appalling story very well. Bright, strong light is the only thing that ultimately stops these vampires. I'm sharing your story, and here's a suggestion: email it to CNN and Fox, plus the local news station in North Dakota, if they haven't already covered it. Strength to your arm.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Bill...Bettyk...my pleasure. My mom was a peds nurse at the native hospital in Alaska. She witnessed the horrors daily while caring for the broken bodies of sweet, innocent children that never deserved any of the horrors they experienced in their lives. I remember when she would lose one of her "angels." She would come home crying and depressed. She suffered two heart attacks after becoming so distraught. After the second one, my dad finally made her quit. As a quarter cherokee, she felt attached and related to all the native alaskan children she cared for. She repeatedly spoke out about the abuse but I don't know what happened as mom tried to keep those things out of my childhood. No child deserves to suffer like that. It's twice as sickening since they can't speak out for themselves. We are their guardians and they are our future.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, I have no words at this time....you said it so eloquently....thank you my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Molly, thank you! They are being contacted as I write this. I greatly appreciate your concern and your voice of compassion.

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      A sad state of affairs expressed perfectly here Bill... Thank you !... Children being our most precious resource for our futures... Which I will take this opportunity to express my own personal irony... A few weeks ago, here on Hubpages, there was a question asked "What would you be willing to die for"... And I see all these answers reflecting their willingness to die for God... My answer was this 'I would be willing to die for the well being of a child"... Now I am not looking for any best answer award... I just went with my heart, and my logic.. And the one thing that immediately came to my mind was my willingness to die for the well being of a child... Yet, the Best Answer selected?.. Was one of those who would be willing to die for God... Some messed up rationale in this country.. And the countries within our country.. Thanks again Bill, we can only expect resolutions on things we are willing to put an effort forth, not talk! (although a good start), but the actual physical effort needed to resolve such preventible scenarios.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Travel, I loved your last sentence. We could all use a laugh right now, and I'll return to my silliness in a day or two. Until then, there is still work to be done. News agencies have been contacted and awareness is rising rapidly. This is a good thing being done.

      I thank you for a wonderful comment. Bless you and may you have peace and happiness always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Critical, that is a great comment and I agree completely. God does not need me to die for him; these children have died, and it is up to me to make sure that someone pays attention. Thank you so much; I have hope when I read comments such as yours.

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      New Newbie 4 years ago

      I discovered the nightmare of a tribal council when I found 2 dogs near death on a reservation. The first discovery was that a county or state agency, in this case Animal Control and SPCA are not allowed on a reservation unless they are requested by the tribal council. The second discovery was this tribal council was completely unwilling to call them and was hostile to me for requesting it. When they saw the dogs in my car they told me to dump them on a quarry road. I took the dogs to the SPCA and had to falsify paperwork as to where I found them because of the dire consequences if they knowingly took in dogs from a reservation. That's just one example of how bad the working relationship is between that reservation and local government.

      I can only imagine the dealings with Lake Spirit tribal council if every step of the justice process has to be jostled through federal, state, and tribal governments. From what I read the case of the 2 month old that died of neglect is in deep legal limbo because the mother is not a member of the tribe. This just has to be solved at whatever level of government it takes. Indian nation governments should not have the power to prevent justice.

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Thanks for this, Bill. Sunshine is always the best disinfectant and just speaking about the unspeakable begins some kind of process. This is just awful and I don't know what willhappen, but I do know that by speaking about it you have set something in motion. I'll tweet and stumble and all that and I hope others will as well. Thumbs up and keep up the good fight

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Love you like a big, protective brother, Bill. :) The First Lady of North Dakota states on her website that "She has also been involved with the Fargo-Moorhead Junior League, Red River Human Services Foundation and the North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project." http://governor.nd.gov/first-lady-betsy-dalrymple

      I'm sending her a message, how about you? Here is how to contact her: http://governor.nd.gov/contact-first-lady-betsy-da...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, thank God the first lady is so community conscious....yes, I do believe she needs to hear from me.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I agree, Bill. If enough of us contact her, she just might have to look into it.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Bill I am not naïve that rape and child abuse happens everyday, but I was naïve about the mortifying behavior that has been coming from Spirit Lake. I applaud you for taking the stance to speak so honestly and frankly about this issue.

      You are a warrior to the tribe that lost their warrior leader years ago. You have smudge their world with sage, honoring the Sioux people by lighting the flame of truth in such darkness.

      Just one lit candle can illuminate every part of the room from darkness. Your light enable us to continue to burn the torch and char the heinous crimes to begin to bring back the proud nation of the Sioux people.

      Hawk is a power animal- Messenger, Discernment, Intuition, Observation, Wisdom, Courage, Truth

      Squawking` means to say something in a loud town, over and over again.

      Vigilant means~ Keeping careful watch for danger

      For the people you are:

      Vigilant Squawking Hawk

      They say someone needs to give you your Native American name. I just did.

      I am painting your breast plate, with

      Red~ For your anger to speak out and do something

      Blue~ For compassion towards the women and children

      Yellow~ For truth to been seen and noticed

      Black~ For the reminder that justice must come

      Green~ For new life and wisdom growing

      I paint your face with three red lines on the right and two red lines on the left.

      Three lines for:

      Vigilant

      Squawking

      Hawk

      Two lines for:

      Messenger of

      Justice

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carly, oh my God, you have me crying. That might be the sweetest, kindest comment I have ever received. I don't know what to say....thank you seems so hollow and empty. I need to save this comment....Carly....damn....thank you my dear! Thank you! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, someone is paying attention....and you have done a ton...thank you Sis! I wish I could give you a big hug right now.

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      bettyk71 4 years ago

      I see a big movement happening;) thanks to all

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Most joyous news, Bill. One small step starting down the path to justice for these kids. You did good. Carly is a beautiful soul, isn't she?! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carly is unbelievable

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You fought the fight when nobody else would, Betty Jo; I'm just glad we could help.

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      Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

      Whatever their colour or race and wherever they live children should be protected - no debate about politics needed. Hopefully the light you have shined with this article will help illuminate this point for those who are at present currently unable to see it.

      Voted up and shared - great work Bill.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Billybuc. See, this is why I cry...every night. Thanks for bringing this travesty to light. Instead of asking the federal government to intervene, maybe it's time for "we the people" to demand that something be done.

      Fighting for the rights of the downtrodden is the human thing to do. Thanks for being human.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Newbie, your point is an excellent one. We step into other nations to prevent injustice so I see no reason why we can't step across reservation boundaries to do the same. This has to stop and I think we have taken a huge step towards making it stop, or at least raising awareness to a new level.

      Thank you for a wonderful comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Roberta, thank you my friend! This is just the beginning but it's a great beginning. The news services are picking the story up now; the voice is getting louder.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Judi; I am so happy to have friends like you who are human beings in the truest sense of the word. God bless you Judi.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Hi Bill, finally I can read this hub. What a powerfull and meaningfull article this is. I really think this can lead to changes. Goodnight from a hotel room in Copenhagen.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dexter, I do, indeed, understand why you cry each night. Thank you so much for your humanness; we need more like you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good night my dear Made! Thank you for being the kind, caring, loving woman that you are.

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      Recently Awakened 4 years ago

      Billy, thanks for bringing this out so that those of us who had no idea, have now become aware. It would be so awesome if everyone wrote hubs with intentions to bring about a better understanding so that this world could be changed for the better. Thanks again and I definitely voted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Recently, you are very welcome, and thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate you and the kids on the reservation appreciate you as well.

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      Cat West 4 years ago

      Sovereignty is supposed to grant Native Peoples the rights to determine their own laws. If they want gambling, they can vote on that. If they want to be able to conduct their spiritual practices without interference, they can also do that. They can also, for minor crimes, make their own justice which is supposed to be culturally sensitive.

      Nowhere was Sovereignty supposed to allow for criminal behaviors and rampant pedophilia. Nowhere was it supposed to allow for rape, assault, murder, embezzlement, extortion... none of those things are part of 'sovereignty'. The government is supposed to step in, and they have always had jurisdiction over all crimes of violence or major theft on Federal Lands. Reservations are Federal Lands.

      The government chooses to ignore the rights of the people who complain about abuses, and instead, protects the corrupt. It is a complex system where billions of dollars in government funding, access to resources, corporate interests all play a part in wanting to keep the people, the Good People, powerless.

      Sovereignty is a good thing. It is the Corrupt in both the Tribes and the Government that make it a tool of mass oppression. Write, phone, FAX, email, your representatives as well as those in all levels of government in ND, regardless of where you are from. Demand accountability. Demand justice for the children, the Good People and for the Future of us all.

      Gather your friends and hold up your signs outside of their offices, where they are holding fundraising events, or where you know they are having meetings. Just don't quit. This is something we can all do, to one extent or another. Don't quit.

      I am Cat West, the author of the Restless Spirit website.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      I read your Site cat, Bill shared it with us and I am appalled at what I have learned.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mark!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, your site is one that was forwarded to me when I began this crusade. The fight will continue; awareness is rising today and news services are paying attention. I will continue my fight and I know you will continue yours. This matter goes way beyond political boundaries. This is about human rights and that cannot be ignored or denied.

      Thank you for your comment; much appreciated.

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      Amethystraven 4 years ago from California

      This needs to be shared. Our media doesn't publicize the happenings at reservations. Laws and rules are separate at reservations, so things aren't known outside those walls. Someone will always need to speak up to make things known to the rest of the U.S. People need help on reservations. Mostly there is poverty of unimaginable proportions. This nations creation stems from the abuses, murder, and genocide of the Native people that were found living here by the people who came over by boat. This abuse is still carrying on today but in an even worse way. The head of the counsel is he Native? I ask myself this. Knowing the abuses and atrocities that happened in the past and allowing them to happen to this day is hateful, greedy, and sadistic. Any help people on reservations can get is strongly needed. The fact that people who speak out are bullied, threatened, and worse is ugly and speaks volumes as far as corruption goes. It's amazing how greed breeds this behavior and feeds it. It needs to be stopped.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amethystraven....interesting name....anyway, yes, the Chairman is native and believe me we are getting the word out. We just found out that the New York Times is going to pick up on the story and write their own...and other newspapers have contacted us....we have only begun but it is a good beginning.

      Thank you for being a caring and compassionate human being.

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      Cat West 4 years ago

      You all have no idea how heartening it is to know that so many are outraged, engaged and willing to get involved, on one level or many, to help. This is how we measure our Humanity. Bill, your video was great. And people are looking. Let's not quit until we have turned over every rock and reached out to every broken, battered Human Being out there, and helped them to stand up again, with dignity.

      My deepest most heartfelt thanks!

      Cat

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, no thanks necessary. Betty Jo Krenz has fought the good fight, as have you, and now it's time for more of us to lend a hand. My niece is the one who told me about all this....she lives near you....but she, like others, can't speak out for fear of losing jobs or foster children....so that leaves me to speak out and I will continue to do so.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is so very painful. This is a perfect example of what is wrong with our country. The United States will quickly invade and jump into foreign counties to protect foriegners from abuse and tyranny but when it happens on this soil, government turns a blind eye to it. Whether it is child abuse, child murder, severe racism, oppression, government tyranny, nothing is ever done about it on this soil.

      My heart breaks for these poor children. It is unfathomable what has happened to them and to children at Spirit Lake. The more that this is allowed to continue without intervention, this is going to get worse with each and every generation. These abused children, if they survive, are going to grow up to be very unhealthy individuals who no nothing more than this.

      To get the government to step in and take care of this problem, they will have to see the benefits. They either need to see that these people can pay lots of taxes or vote for their party, or fund their reelection campains. If these people can't offer any of these things, the government will probably just continue to ignore the problems.

      You have exposed a very sad situation that needs to be stopped. I will share this with every one I know.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you bill for sharing these children's story. I would have cried also, as would my husband.

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      Charles Hilton 4 years ago

      This is an excellent and well-written hub, albeit, a tragic story.

      It's unfortunate that the white man drove the Natives off their land to begin with, and the reservations that the small remnant of Indians were consigned to were to be places where they could preserve their culture. And in traditional Native American culture, there was no room for rape and child abuse.

      In fact, Indian parents were criticized by the whites for not beating their children. Whenever discipline was called for, the parents, more often than not, sent the children to their uncles and aunts to be disciplined.

      My, how things have changed---they've become like white people, but, in the worst way.

      Because we marginalized them and tried to recreate them in our image; to worship our God and wear our clothes, etc. this is what has become of them.

      I'm not excusing bad behavior, but, I will go out on the proverbial limb and say that the white man shares some of the blame.

      I might also mention that living on reservations doesn't prevent them from rediscovering their ancestral values.

      The Amish have managed to preserve their traditional culture without the trappings of modernism, while at the same time being exemplars of decency and solid moral values. You never hear about such behavior among the Amish.

      Why then, can't Native Americans preserve their ancestral ways without the social dysfunction? Maybe because the imposition of white ways has had a disorienting effect?

      The Native Americans never tasted alcohol or milk until the European invasion, that's why they lack the enzymes to digest either. Maybe eliminating those from their diet would be a good start to re-embracing their old ways.

      But, unfortunately, the old ways won't put food on their tables.

      The problem is desperation and the lack of hope---along with the identity crisis of being Native American in a white man's world.

      They are stuck between two incompatible realities---the lost world they wish they could embrace has been decimated, and the one that could furnish them with their needs they despise.

      It's a hard choice. No wonder they drink.

      Maybe it will come down to the Native Americans abandoning the reservations altogether and assimilating completely into the white man's culture. However, I will be the first to note what a tragedy that would be because Indian ways may be lost to us forever if that happens.

      An entire racial, ethnic and cultural identity would be lost to the ash-bin of history. And I, for one, would hate to see it. But, what is the alternative?

      Native Americans may be forced to chose between re-embracing old ways, or leaving the past, altogether, for a new identity.

      I, for one, would prefer the former, as I'm not exactly fond of white man's ways(I'm white, by the way), but, they may have no choice.

      If they're at the mercy of the modern world for their sustenance, then maybe it's time to let go of the past.

      Sadly.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Thank you , Bill, for alerting us to this injustice. I had not heard about this either on the news or in a newspaper. I can't believe man's inhumanity to man. This is truly becoming a cruel world. This is an excellently written article and your questions are just. Why U.S. Marshals are not going in there to make some arrests is beyond me. They certainly would have jurisdiction. This is a holocaust in the indian nation and I can't believe the other indian nations are not doing something about this one in N.Dakota. I certainly admire you for speaking up about this situation. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, what you wrote is shockingly true; unless the government sees the benefits they will not act. The days of a humanitarian government are long gone and I, for one, find that very depressing. My illusions about a government for the people, are long gone. Now I face reality and your comments pointed out the reality of the situation quite accurately.

      Thank you for sharing my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Syron, thank you for returning. I am pleased to meet you and I respect your compassion.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, your question about the other Indian nations doing something is a valid one. I tend to believe that autonomy is exactly that in the Indian nations; to put it another way, it's every man for himself. I hate sounding cynical but in this case I have no choice.

      Thank you for caring!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Charles, thank you for caring enough to leave such a detailed comment.

      I truly am not wise enough to devise solutions for the Indian nations. The problems are so numerous it's like where do you start? The alcohol and drug problems are epidemic on the reservations....there can be no safe family structure as long as those twin evils are allowed to go unchecked on reservations. We have seen the damage that drugs do in our white world...now multiply that times six, or seven or eight....almost every family unit is decimated by alcohol or drugs on the reservation.

      Unemployment? The normal civilization has no concept of what real unemployment and poverty is....it has been a blight on reservations for decades now, often doubling or tripling the national average.

      And sadly the people chosen to lead them, the Tribal Chairmen and Council, have self-interests at heart.

      No, I have no solutions, but I do have a voice to speak out when children are abused.

      Thank you!

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      Charles Hilton 4 years ago

      The corruption of the tribal leaders at Spirit Lake reminds me of the corruption that plagued the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota back in the 1970s. Though I don't know if they had the interpersonal violence among the inhabitants of Pine Ridge that is plaguing Spirit Lake.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      What an interesting hub, yet quite disturbing and upsetting. Thanks for bringing this to the forefront billybuc.

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      Thanks for bringing awareness to this issue. It's sad that these terrible crimes still take place today and all too often.

      Voted up!

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      First of all the way you covered this very appalling topic was AMAZING!! You have a way of capturing the human emotion in everything that you write!!

      After reading this I felt complete and utter disgust that these heinous acts have been allowed to happen anywhere!!!

      Sadly, not including sovereign nations, there are nearly 500,000 children in the U.S. foster care system...many from some form of neglect and abuse.

      One day, I hope that there will be a way to prevent these type of actions from happening to anyone!!

      As Always, AWESOME JOB!!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      This is such a heartbreaking story. I can't stand to hear about children being abused and going hungry, let alone being murdered in such a horrendous fashion. Getting the word out ma help. You would think the federal government could do more or remove the children. Telling this story must be heartbreaking for you also. I am glad you have opened this door because the word will spread. Up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Patty and you are right, this problem is much larger than Spirit Nation. Thank you my friend, for the compassion that you show!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jennzie, that you for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, thank you! Yes, it is disturbing and upsetting. We need to raise awareness one person at a time, and then action will follow.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Charles, I know very little about Pine Ridge, but you have increased my curiosity, so I'll do some homework on it. Thank you Sir!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I had to read this twice to try to believe this is being condoned here in the U.S. I so agree with you...we go all over the world trying to save children and yet we can't save them here...that is more than disturbing. Reservation or not the Government needs to step in. There are no words to describe the horror of child abuse in any form, in any place, at any time!

      Bill, if you go on CNN's site you can sign up and report a story. I was going to do it, but this is your story.

      Voted up all across and shared with my followers and FB.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      This was the most disturbing article I have read in a long time. As a loving person of ALL children, how can this be??? I have always sympathized with the Indians for what we did to them in the past, and now we (our government) can't help them when they need help?

      Yes, you should go to CNN or any other news outlet with this story. Most people like myself are completely in the dark on this subject.

      Thanks for bringing this to our attention, billybuc!

      I will vote this Hub UP and will share, Mary

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! I'll head over there shortly. I so appreciate you; you are good people!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill.....What's so wonderful about our close-knit Hub Community, is that we have the privilege to get to know one another so well....perhaps more in depth than individuals in our real, personal life.

      Thus...without a word, I am confident you know what is speeding and crashing through my mind at this moment.....you know my gut is wrenching and my tears are streaming (those precious beautiful babies).......If I even try to express the raw emotions within, I shall implode.............I am so relieved I needn't do this at this moment....for you to know. UP without limit!! ++++ I agree with Tillie.& Mary...submit this to CNN....please

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for the share, Mary, and for your compassion and love for the children! I appreciate you greatly!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, words aren't necessary. Believe me, I know what you are feeling. I will take my dog and pony show to CNN shortly, and to anyone else who will listen. Thank you my dear friend!

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      Ron Hawkster 4 years ago from United States of America

      Billy,

      It's hard to read this story and not get sickened and moved by it, especially when one knows it's not a single, isolated incident, but an ongoing catastrophe. Thank you for bringing this to light. You have the heart of a great humanitarian and it is inspiring. This will be shared over and over.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ron, thank you for the share; your words are kind and greatly appreciated my friend!

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      Bettyk71 4 years ago

      Wow, I am speechless. Bill you have caused quite a ruckus here on the prairie. Your words are filled with meaning, a face behind each of the tragedies, and a family attached to each of them. You are giving the families of the children hope, something they haven't had in a while!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      This is a story that can break anyone's heart. You did a good job of covering it, but I wonder what we can do about it. It seems like somehow the government can step-in and do something. I tweeted this, but I wonder how many people will read it.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      For many, hiding in their own safe room is a way to escape life's realities. Unfortunately, in doing so, these same realities feed on the fear and escalate. One must ask, "How long will your safe room be safe?"

      The atrocities you describe in such meticulous detail should never occur. Why? Because, isn't man at the top of the heap with his reasoning power and compassion? Obviously, not.

      Our early Manifest Destiny concept pushed the Native Americans aside. They were stuck on reservations, usually land of little or no value to anyone else, and expected to exist on the droppings provided. When these droppings stopped being foodstuffs and such, and became cash, it is only, but sadly, a common occurrence for the greedy to rise to the top. With this money came power. Obviously, that power has been sorely misused.

      Tragic? For those gone, yes. For those living and still sustaining this abuse and living in fear, more than that! It is unacceptable to any human that declares themselves a member of society and should be immediately addressed. Yet, it is an election year and acquiring votes take priority.

      I'm with you in spreading the word. It's a shame the calvary can't sound the bugle and charge in to change things. Perhaps, if enough of us get together, we can make the bugle heard!

      Tremendous Hub, my friend. Though, I wish you'd have never have had to write it.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Bill,

      Very powerful reporting here.

      I am struck by all the various uses and purposes of Hubpages and this article has elevated this platform to "something" more important.

      Turning a light on cockroaches forces them to scramble and hide...my hope is that this light you have applied will start the running process. It's hard to hurt others when you are scrambling for your own safety.

      I will be looking at other sources and sharing those (and this compelling article) to as big an audience as I am capable of.

      Thomas

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Betty Jo, that touches me deeply. I am happy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, today a lot of people have read it, and news agencies are paying attention....there is positive movement and hopefully the government will act. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thomas, you are a good man and I appreciate your gesture greatly. Thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rcrumple, the bugle is sounding. News agencies are paying attention as I write this...one small step, and then another. I will do my part; others there's. We will see where it leads but I am encouraged tonight because of people like you who truly care about humanity.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      Bill, thank you for bringing this hideous story to light. You demonstrate great awareness, compassion, and commitment to justice by bringing this to us.

      Native Americans for centuries have suffered the humiliation, torture, near-annihilation of their physical bodies, their livelihood, sacred practices, traditions, language, and culture. Today most of the tribes are invisible to Americans. Part of the abuse of tribal members towards their children, and corruption in their governing body, I believe, originates with the cruel destruction of the tribes at the hands of the white settlers.

      To this day they suffer from disenfranchisement from American culture, and they retain a mere shadow of their own culture, or have none of it at all. Many of the tribes are what I would call nowhere tribes. "He's a real nowhere man, living in a nowhere land..."

      I believe the U.S. Government MUST always stand to protect its children and anyone from sick predators, but it is important that it understands the causes of the behavior brought forth.

      I am not saying that the tribes lay blame on the white man. People who torture, rape, and kill others must be punished to the fullest extent of the law. However, we also must always try to understand how the criminal arrived at such horrific behavior. By doing so, we may be able to help prevent future transgressions by attempting to heal the past injustices that helped contribute to the sick behavior.

      Again, thank you so much, Bill. You are a rare courageous, generous, and compassion soul. God bless you for writing this extremely significant article.

      I am so heartened by all of the thoughtful response it has generated. Knowing that so many people here at Hub Pages care so deeply gives me great hope.

      This does not justify such horrific behavior, but to some extent it may explain it. I so wish that the U.S. government and the public school history books would take responsibility for what the European settlers did to the original peoples of this land. Then the healing could begin.

      Further, we need to encourage the tribes to retain as much of their culture as possible, and learn all that we can about the tribes that are in our states. However, so many tribes, as I mentioned before, have lost their culture.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dancing, thank you for your eloquent words and every single thing you wrote is true. This was only a first small step, but awareness is the beginning. The news agencies will get involved within the week, and then we'll see if change happens or not. The issues you have brought up about culture are valid; the issues you brought up about history are valid. This is a long, hard fight....but today we celebrate for the kids....one small victory.

      Thank you again; you are deeply appreciated.

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      Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

      I don't really know what to say. It's going to take a little while for me to digest this, but I wanted you to know that I did read it. I hope your ripple turns into a wave so that these people can live without fear.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Georgie, it is a lot to take in....I have struggled with this for a week now and it still shakes me to my core. Thank you for stopping by and caring.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This is a very sad story. I cannot imagine the horror of these poor childrens' suffering. I salute you Bill H, for putting up this hub, which will certainly raise interest and awareness that this kind of horrific thing is indeed happening in our world and someone, somebody needs to do something. We all can make a difference. You just did!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      Billy Buc, I want to correct what I said. I meant I don't know how many people will read my tweet. I'm hoping many read this article, because it is important.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I am at a loss for words...this is heartbreaking and horrific. I think it's admiral of you for writing this, and I can tell through your words that you carry a lot of emotion for this particular story and what is currently happening. They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions - it's time more people started doing things and speaking up more, as you are - in order to get the message across and to make changes. Thank you for writing this and for making this so public. It is very much needed.

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      Cat West 4 years ago

      Nothing will change, in fact, it will get worse if we ever allow this all to 'blow over'. We must, all of us, make this grow and our numbers pressure those in government to take action. We must hold government accountable, and those in its seats, or we fail. This is something we can change. We can do it for the Good People of Spirit Lake and in doing it for them, we can do it for ourselves. We can make this better. But we must stay actively engaged, proactively engaged. Spread the word you have all read and heard here and spread it to everyone you know. Get them to spread it too. Two Eyes become a thousand, become a million, and we can see what is happening and we can see what needs to be done. This is where it starts: With awareness of what is going on. Share that awareness with everyone. Hand that fire to the next and the next and the next. Human Beings united in a cause can make it happen. It will take a very long time, don't get discouraged. Persistence gives value to the meaning of our lives. More Videos from more people, more blogs, more conversation... the fire is started.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Bill, Thank you for bringing this to the hubpages world and hopefully beyond. I was nto aware of this travesty at Spirit Lake and I commend you for writing this brilliant piece. I t is truly sickening and devastating that this is being allowed carry on and the government are washing their hands of it. The WHY questions as you ask are many and it is frightening they are left unanswered. These two small beautiful children deserve much more. I will share this and help spread the word my friend.

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      Bill, you have proven that one person really can make a difference. In just 24 hours your story has grown and spread not only in our HP community, but to news outlets that can bring this story to light for everyone to see. Making a change starts with awareness. Like many others I was not aware of this horrific crime and ongoing abuse with the Spirit Lake Nation. I will be sharing your story and praying for justice for all those involved. Children are precious treasures that should be protected at all costs. God Bless you Bill for taking a courageous stand.

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      iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

      What a trmatic story of such innocent children so bruatlly murdered! I could see compassion when you wrote thi and heartbrake too! Thank you for telling the story!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This story infuriates me to the core. I have many questions. I am glad you are exposing this community. Why is an Indian reservation ruled any differently than any other comminity? Hopefully this story will open locked doors, starting with the tribal leadership.GREAT story Bill. Thank you..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, I'm just using the tools I've been given and trying to make a difference....thank you for your kind words. We will keep up the fight and see what happens.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara....LOL...I understood what you meant. I read yours towards the end of a very long day and I was barely coherent....anyway, thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MelChi, thank you for your kindness and for sharing this story. We can make a difference and I intend to give it my best shot.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, the fire has indeed started. The news agencies are involved now, and more soon, and we need to keep up the pressure....I will do my part...I know you will do yours....and Betty Jo will keep swinging from her corner....let's see what today brings.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, I can always count on the truly compassionate of this world to stand up....thank you for sharing this...the fight has just begun but it's a noble fight and it is all worth the cost. Thank you my dear.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audra, you are welcome, and thank you for your kindness and caring nature.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby; any caring, compassionate person would be infuriated, so it does not surprise me that you are. I will keep the community informed of the progress but so far it has been remarkable.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cardelean, thank you and I have always believed that one person can make a difference. Things always look so overwhelming, but you just have to start out small, like my hub, and then start pushing and pushing....and things happen. :)

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      Lori J Latimer 4 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      billybuc, I am not trying to infringe on this comment section, so feel free to delete this, but you must see this from the NY Times regarding the Physician who came forward about the abuse at Spirit Lake http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/31/us/doctor-who-wa...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lilly, it is perfectly alright...thank you for adding this....and I have seen it. He is one of the heroes of this story, a man who would not back down and kept the fire burning.

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      Bettyk71 4 years ago

      The rose this morning and it looked just a little brighter than yesterday! Each person who shares this story puts a little more light in the dark corners of the Rez.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The fight continues Betty Jo! Bless you!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Bill, I am glad you brought out this incident 'cause many go unnoticed...Alas!

      I pray that justice be served and may those souls rest in peace...Amen!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I pray for that as well, Ruchira! Thank you for being the compassionate person that you are.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I am crying for these children and all the children that are living in HELL!!!Billy thank you for sharing this.. I will share with the world. God Bless you and your efforts..

      God help them!!!

      debbie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Debbie; the more people who know about this the better. I appreciate you greatly!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I wanted to make sure I read this before going to be tonight, because I know you posted it days before now. I must tell you, I am completely aghast! I have much to say, but I must go to bed in order to make it to work in the morning.

      I will be back with what I've to say. Thank God this is finally being made a public awareness by the New York Times!

      I'm thinking your emotional, angry post had something to do with that.

      I'll be back to comment!

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      pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand

      I tend to agree with Charles Hilton for the most part.

      In my understanding the Indian nations are like our people and I understand how these very sad events are possible.

      How do we give back to a Nation what they were stripped of? Perhaps western society will never understand the umbilical cord (metaphorically speaking) that was severed when the white settlers came. This umbilical cord connected the Indian nations to all things. Through this umbilical cord they were fed things of the spirit and were by nature connected to animals, trees, people and all things both seen and unseen. They respected the whole of life. They had no concepts of ownership, greed or control. The concepts the western world introduced made no sense. Now they are floundering in the dark like a baby in a womb without the umbilical cord. Grasping in the dark for that which nurtures and sustains them to no avail. Instead they reach for abusive substances that serve to dull the senses and take away the pain of the deep inner loss they cannot sometimes fathom or articulate. Dead and lifeless they may as well be metaphorically speaking. The question then is not why but how to change it. How do we help them to re-connect the umbilical cord while living in a western world that is largely foreign to them. Christianity probably would not work as it only touches the surface of the type of connection they had. I don't propose to know how, I just believe that if they can find a way to reconnect that umbilical cord and find even an iota of what they had America and the world would be better for it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, the post did have something to do with it, but the hard work of people like Betty Jo Krenz, who has never given up despite death threats, had much more to do with it. I just gave them a voice and boost they so dearly needed. Sleep well my friend and I'll catch up with you down the road.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Penny, everything you wrote is true, and they are wise words. I don't have a clue how they regain that which was taken from them. I am a simple man and this simple man only understands that children are suffering. That's my entire focus. I will leave the intricacies of culture to someone else to debate. Children are suffering.

      Thank you for your comment; I hope one day that we will both see a solution happen.

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      pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes, me too. Sooner rather than later would be preferable and would mean less children will suffer or die. It is a very, very sad day when innocent lives are lost.

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      goego 4 years ago from Loserland

      B. frank my friend, thanks for writing.

      https://hubpages.com/literature/B-Frank

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Penny, where there is hope.......blah, blah, blah.....we'll just keep doing whatever we can. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the reference goego!

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      Charles Hilton 4 years ago

      pennyofheaven

      I love your metaphor and your expounding of it was profound and beautifully articulated.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I had goosebumps reading how the children were murdered. They're so small and fragile and ohhhh it feels like my heart is crushed. this is very sad...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Charles!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Spy, it is very sad, and it will continue until the evil is stopped.

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      Trinity M 4 years ago

      This is truly heartbreaking Bill. I pray that the newspapers that have picked up this story will force someone in the right government department to take a good hard look and more importantly DO something about this.

      You are an inspiration to us all and by example lead the way to everyone of us becoming better people. I know that Destiny and Travis can now rest in peace because finally someone did do something. Much love to you my dear friend for having the heart and the courage to DO something.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trinity, thank you! I hope some good comes from this; I do know that this hub has stirred up quite a bit of reaction in North Dakota. I am fairly well known right now on the Reservation. LOL My fifteen minutes of fame!

      You are kind and I appreciate our friendship greatly.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill. I don't know what to say or write. This is unbelievable and heartbreaking. Thank you for reporting it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you my friend; I really appreciate you taking the time to read it.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Reading this has made me sick to the stomach. The US go to war for such inhumanity in other countries. is it not about time that the government looked to cleaning up their own backyard. Its easy for them to say they don't have jurisdiction but they don't have jurisdiction overseas either and yet they step in.

      Thank you for bringing this tragic topic to the fore.

      Sharing

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, I have no words to describe the utter disgust I feel for the Tribal Council or the U.S. Government. Thank you for sharing and for caring.

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      hecate-horus 4 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Thank you for making people aware of this horrible, HORRIBLE crime. Sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      hecate...thank you so much for sharing. This opening salvo is about raising awareness. More to come.

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      BILLYBUC!!!!! I capitalized to call your attention: I am not finished reading this but, must break in at this point to ask you:

      1) Have you made multiple digital or hard copies of this and sent it to ALL the "proper" authorities?

      2) Have you submitted this to ALL the local and regional newspapers as an Editorial Opinion?

      3) Have you sent this synopsis / chronological 'eye opening -due to all inclusive information condensed and impossible to ignore - written 'witness' to the Legislative bodies? To the Governor of the state?

      4) Have you published this on FaceBook and presented it to the ACLU?

      5) Have you submitted this CONCLUSIVE evidence of neglect, abuse, misuse of and by the powers that be (which should be protecting those children) to the District Attorney?

      I HOPE that these suggestions are not seen as "rude." NO NO...I only wish to help and am trying to think of any and all methods/avenues you can use to spread this far and wide because it is so excellent a source for prosecution...

      If I were you; I'd send this to any/every/all even remotely connected in any way, institutions, etc. which might be able to take up action.

      Perhaps, Billybuc, you've done this already...again; I am so disheartened, shocked, and saddened by this that I just feel the need to contribute, somehow...maybe a petition through the online petition site??

      Love ya' You are awesome for trying and for feeling for these unfortunate, poor little ones.

      Now, I shall finish reading.

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Billy...I just finished reading and I can see that you are doing SO MUCH with this.....you are amazing...and wonderful. I still suggest; if you haven't done it yet; please submit to newspapers, online news outlets in your area and (can't remember but....) maybe appeal to the greater coalition of tribal nations ; perhaps there will be a will & desire to protect the good name of American Indians by stepping in w/peer pressure to get Spirit Lake to straighten up and FIX the problem....many highest regards, Billybuc....Kathy

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Bill, I read this when it came out, but have been waiting to write a comment because I am trying to find the right thing to say.

      First of all, this is so eloquent and compassionately written. As you mentioned in your comments, you are a simple man only interested in the fact that children have been hurt. I like that you kept that as your focus throughout.

      Thank you for speaking out. This is the right thing to do and I am so glad that you had the courage to speak out. Speaking out against evil takes great courage because the ones that are involved do not like to be exposed and will often spare no expense to keep things covered up.

      I truly hope that things change at this reservation. It will take many people standing up to affect long-lasting change. It will take people who live there, banding together for right, and not being afraid of their leaders. It will take compassionate workers from the Nation who go to school to become teachers, nurses and social workers and work hard on the behalf of their people.

      Bill, I have a lot of experience with Native people in Canada, and I have seen a lot of situations first hand. My husband is Native, and so is my brother-in-law, and nieces. I have taught on reserves and lived close to the people.

      There have been similar situations to this in Canada. Abuse and violence happens on certain reserves. People are hurting and the children suffer.

      It is so wrong and so heart-breaking. And those who have done wrong must be brought to justice. But even more, the people must feel hope again. So that they can fight wrong, stand up to bullies and take care of the wrong things that are sometimes allowed to happen from a sense of passivity and helplessness.

      Native people in Canada were stripped of their culture and are still subjected to great prejudice by Canadian society. It's no excuse for wrong, but it must be understood in context.

      I also believe that by you standing up with your writer skills, and speaking boldly, you are helping others to feel courage, too. You are standing in the gap. And I, for one, am proud to know you and proud to be a fellow hubber.

      Great blessings to you, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathy, I wish I could meet you in person.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathy, I love your passion and thank you! I am working in tandem with Betty Jo Krenz who lives near the reservation...she is mentioned in the story....she is working all the angles you mentioned. I have submitted the story in my area and she is working the North Dakota and national scene....we are getting the word out....just today one of the whistleblowers who had been fired from his job was given his job back....that is a huge step for awareness and change. But these things come slowly and we will keep plugging away.

      Thank you for being who you are.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharilee, what a beautiful person you are. Thank you!

      As you pointed out, this is just the tip of the iceberg, and even if we do stop the abuse there are so many problems with the Indian tribes....where to begin? How do you give them their culture back? How do they fit into society? Those problems are for someone much smarter than I am...I just want the kids safe.

      Thank you my friend; the world needs more people like you.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Bill, this is a horrific story. I hope the awareness you are building is creating hell for those who are standing in the way of justice. This is a human issue, not a race issue. Who could turn their backs on the way these children were abused and killed? Nepotism?? Some young man is sitting in jail, possibly for a crime he didn't commit while the real murderer walks the streets preparing for the next young victim.

      It seems some people do not look at the death of a child the same as the death of an adult. Children can't pay an attorney for protection against screwed up parents, children can't control an adult with more physical strength, so does this make children less valuable to some? I don't get it at all. The system has failed them.

      My heart aches for these children and any others who have gone before or after them.

      God bless you and your sense of compassion and humanity.

      Susan

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, I have known about this now for about ten days and I am still outraged. I don't know what it will take to wake people up to the point that you made....this is a human issue, not a race issue. If we allow this to happen to any child, no matter their race, then none of us are safe.

      Thank you for your compassion and sense of humanity.

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      Charles Hilton 4 years ago

      Bill and Susan, unfortunately it is a race issue in the sense that the Native American communities are invisible to the outside world---for all practical purposes---and the Indians live a somewhat cloistered life, which allowed this situation to fester apart from larger scrutiny from the outside world in the name of tribal autonomy.

      Race issues are also human issues and this being a human issue doesn't preclude it from being a race issue and vice-versa---it is both and needs to be addressed accordingly for a proper solution.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nicely said Charles and I agree with you....and I also know that changes you suggest take a very long time...so in the meantime, I'd like to see a bigger bully on the block come in and help the kids while there are still kids to help.

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      Charles Hilton 4 years ago

      Right on, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Charles, and to repeat, I really do agree with everything you said.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi Billybuc, this is a sad comment to write. I have just finished reviewing all these pages of comments, and I am shocked, disgusted and elated all in one. My negative feelings are due to the horrible story itself. My elation is due to my position as an outsider. I feel I have had the privilege of looking in on a civic reaction and behavior that makes me proud to be part of the New World. As several other fellow hubbers have stated, the basic cause of all this tragedy is to be found in the colonization processes of our respective countries. In Chile we also have situations with the members of the original native tribes, that make me feel ashamed to be of European descent. But the activities of the small initial group of crusaders are a true expression of the power of "we the people" and the original heart of the American nation. I feel enlightened. Words fail me, but I felt the need to try and put my feelings down in this comment. I wish you all the best in this crusade!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joan, it is a disturbing subject for sure; I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a meaningful comment and I understand it completely. I do this only for the kids; I cannot sit idly by and ignore this.

      Thank you my friend and have a lovely weekend.

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      WHOA! That is an extremely powerful and emotional one. I voted up,Billy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Integrity! Much appreciated!

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      Mr. Happy aka White Wolf 4 years ago

      The living standards on many reservations are atrocious and what is most disturbing is actually the fact that many people are not aware of this (people who live off the reserves). I encourage people to do some research on Native Reserves - Pine Ridge always comes to mind ...

      Thank You for raising awareness on these matters Mr. Billybuc. I appreciate it.

      May Wakan Tanka guide all our paths.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, thank you and you are so right! The fact that few know about this speaks volumes. All I can do is raise awareness; I hope it helps.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is a very disturbing read Bill. It is a shame that something so despicable is happening in the 21 st century. For all the might, power and advancement the country boasts of, if these rapes, murders and violations are still continuing, then the government has to rethink its priorities.

      More people have to made aware of these internal going ons to be able to put pressure on the powers that be to make efforts to put an end to the horrendous happenings.

      Bill I'm glad you wrote this article and took the initiative to raise awareness about this entire issue. I'm sharing this on all the networks as my share in your efforts to reach as many people as possible.

      I pray that your efforts bear fruit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I sincerely thank you! This is disturbing beyond words and the battle will continue for quite awhile until enough people know about it and force a change. I appreciate you sharing this; you are a good man, a compassionate man, and I'm proud to call you a friend.

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      What a tragedy at Spirit Lake; so sad about Destiny and Travis. I will be looking forward to your follow-up on the story.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Your Cousins, as soon as I have more news about it I will write the next hub! Thank you for caring and commenting.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

      That is a tragic story and such brutal murders of children are disgrace to society.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchi, it is a very tragic story. Thank you for caring enough to read it.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Bill,

      I came back for a second read of your very important article. This issue cannot be forgotten.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daisy, you are very kind to return. I am discouraged about this; the people who need to supply me with information so that I can write a follow-up article are not responding out of fear....so I'm a little torn about what to do. I'll make up my mind shortly and figure something out. Thank you my friend!

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I think the problem with the crimes of the reservation not getting its share of protection and attention from the authorities has to do with the mentality of being out of sight and out of mind. But for these people who deal with basic needs not being met, it is not that simple. Children are the innocent parties in this situation, but everyone involved needs help and counseling. It is good that you are spreading the word out so we are aware of what is happening in our own country. Thank you for sharing this important story with us.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alecia, thank you! This is a complicated mess of jurisdictional disputes, and the disputes are preventing children from getting help. I understand the autonomy that the tribe clings to, but I don't understand allowing children to be hurt.

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      Tara Carbery 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Bill, this is despicable and has made me very angry and very disillusioned. Each day, the more I hear about so called humanity, the more depressed I get. I'm sharing this on my fb and twitter page if that's ok. Brilliant hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tara my dear, of course it's okay. I'm just trying to raise awareness and stir things up a bit. It is despicable and it has no place in a so-called "civilized" society. Thank you for sharing and for caring!

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      AnnaCia 4 years ago

      Bill, as always, thank you for the article. THis is a real difficult article to read, but the reality exists without words. I can just say, "I am sorry".

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! It is a difficult subject for sure.

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Bill, a very sad story indeed. I feel so sorry for the children who died and even more sorry for those who live in that region and similar places where "humanity" seems to have died.

      Let's hope that people become aware of the dreadful conditions under which they live and finally do something concrete about it. But how can they when the law enforcers are not willing to cooperate? What can the innocent masses do?

      My heart goes out to the people out there and I really wish things improve. Thanks for letting us all know about this. Sharing it as it is a must-read for all.

      Cheers, Rema

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rema, thank you for your humanity. Changes are happening; I will be writing about them next week. We may see significant improvement soon.

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Bill. Will wait for your updates. These things - especially slaying of innocent little children are very disturbing.

      Rema.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rema and enjoy your weekend.

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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      malex@spiritlakenation.com - This is the email to Marty Alex, the Tribal Administrator at Spirit Lake. I encourage people to write some letters. Or contact congressman Rick Berg (http://berg.house.gov/#dialog) - putting pressure on politicians especially in an election year can certainly help.

      Thank You for raising awareness on this issue Mr. Bill! I will share this article.

      All the best.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mr. Happy! We seem to be making some headway with this problem, but we are a long way from "fixing" it. I appreciate your sharing and caring!

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      My heart just bleeds all the time for the children of our world. The accounts of abuse and murder are endless. Politicians and officials so often become addicted to the power of the office and become hardened and even immune to suffering. Abuse of office will always result in abuse innocents. I cannot answer the whys but I can pray for change, stand up when I personally am able to right a wrong or protect even one child. Spirit Lake lacks the spirit of love. People like you do not.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hyphen I actually like your explanation, that politicians become immune to suffering. Not a valid excuse but it makes as much sense as any why someone in power could ignore this kind of abuse.

      Thank you for caring so much!

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      Ausseye 4 years ago

      Hi Billybuc: Hey Billy: This needs to go wider, it is worse than Child Soldier issue and must be taken to the people. Put a price on their heads make the world react by proposing a slush fund to track the killer, pay a private eye or hire a good lawyer……give me an account where I can contribute. Hell you are talking about basic human rights in a nation that has an oath to everyone’s rights. Need help to set up an account I’ll help and we’ll do a wiki on your reservation. This is so poor that it needs just us the people to take action, given your commitment, you’re the guy to lead any who wish to contribute……catch the killer. Free and fair and justice are yours to and ours to have a go at…..maybe succeed…..worth a try wouldn’t you say.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aussey, thank you for the comment and your compassion. There actually is a reward established....I'll have to go find the website.....the locals seem to think it is now being investigated properly....we shall see.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Stopping by to check for updates on this important matter. You are doing a wonderful service here and I haven't stopped thinking of these poor children since you wrote this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, thank you for caring enough to check back; I just posted an update on this case.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Fantastic hub and practically an engaging one. It is nice I came here. Hoping to read more of this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Funom! I appreciate the visit.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Very sad, but engaging. Good work!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you writinglover....sad for sure, but the situation is improving. :)

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      Waldo Henry Hiram King 4 years ago from Mountain Wilderness

      The whole concept of a sovereign nation within the United States is absurd. Be American. Abide by the laws of the nation. This is the only way to protect your children.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Waldo, it is a completely impractical situation and is doomed to fail, or so I believe. The concept might be a good one, but the practice has failed miserably.

      Thank you!

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      go-barbara-go 4 years ago

      Bill,

      Oh my, reading the story had me all the more promise to be with my child 24 hours a day. I cannot forgive myself if something like that happened to my child while I was away enjoying other things.

      Problems like this deeply roots back to the parents who should be the first bastion of protection for helpless kids like destiny and Travis.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, this is as sad a situation as I have heard about in a very long time. Yes, it begins with parenting....it always begins with parenting. Bless you for understanding that and for raising children who know they are loved.

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      Sara 4 years ago

      I live just 7 miles from this reservation and I am glad word is getting out about it. It's terrible for the children out there. There is no hope for them, it is a never ending cycle of abuse. The head people of the tribe control all of their people with fear. Those children deserve justice but if they never get it, they too will end up just like their parents and grandparents. It's sad to see but if people try to step in and change it, they will threaten you or kill you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sara, the reason I wrote this article is because I don't live in the state and I can't be threatened. I have no concerns about threats; my only concern is the children. Thank you for speaking out on this. Let's hope something changes soon.

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      Mesometimes 4 years ago

      I live in the UK and stumbled across this via a parenting website. I rarely comment on things but your story has both horrified and upset me deeply. Before I had my beautiful little boy I lost twins, I was told I'd never be a mother. I know the pain of losing a child, and I read stories like this and it astonishes me when people who are lucky enough to have children do not realise how fortunate they are to have a such a gift. The idea that anyone could harm a child, that they could view them as anything but a gift that needs nurturing and love is beyond me. I so so hope that the children on the reservation you wrote so heartbreakingly about can be helped, that they can find loving safe homes with people who realise just how precious they are, and that they can learn to trust. Tomorrow would have been my twins fourth birthday, I'm going to spend it with my son and remind him how much he is loved, how proud I am of him and how thankful I am.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mesometimes, bless you! People like you give me hope; there are good people out there, and I need to remember that. When I do an article like this one, it takes a lot out of me emotionally. Like you, the horrors that are committed on little children are beyond anything I can imagine. As a parent, I look at children as precious gifts, and I simply do not understand how these things can happen.

      Thank you for your comment; bless your son.

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      Karen Shiley 4 years ago from Washington

      As a mother it is unbelievable to me that this kind of thing could be happening. It seems like at the very least the reservation community should step up and take care of their children and ask for help from the outside if they are afraid or overwhelmed.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shiley, in a logical world that would happen. Unfortunately, at Spirit Lake the tribal council is corrupt....sad but true. Thank you for caring and the visit.

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      This story breaks my heart. As a foster mother I worked day and night to help a beautiful young girl gain perspective and accept herself after being abused. It was hard but worth the effort. She learned to be proud of herself and her achievements and to step out into the world with pride and confidence.

      Who will help the many broken children of Spirit Lake? Who will offer them the hope and promise of a better future and help them to achieve it? If I lived closer I would help you in your quest, billybuc. From this distance all I can do is encourage you to get as many people involved as possible. Young lives should never be allowed to be wasted. It sounds as though entire generations of native americans have been denied the chance to feel loved and respected. Such a tragedy. Where are all the people who could help???

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you LongTimeMother! It is an incredibly sad story of abuse and fear. The Tribal Council is corrupt and in the end this is just another story of greed and corruption of power. Thank you for caring so much.

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      justgrace1776 4 years ago

      This is an excellent hub. A genuine call to action for a heartbreaking cause. Good questions - the US should clean up at home first before supporting causes in other countries. Let's leave that to the nonprofits, and start investing in our own!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      justgrace, I'm sure our government would have a valid reason for supporting other countries....global economies and protecting our security interests....personally I don't care. I'm tired of our own getting the short stick. :)

      Thank you for the visit my friend.

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      sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

      Excellent article about a shocking event with more to come.

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      Ruth Laughery 4 years ago from Montana

      Biilybuc,

      I don't know if you are tribal or not. However I have lived on or near reservations almost my entire life.

      To those familiar with the "Rez", it does have it's own rules. Those who live there must abide by these or become victims sooner rather than later. Hopefully if one keeps their head down, maybe nothing will happen at all.

      Silence is the commodity that protects those that are committing the crimes in addition to political connections.

      The jurisdictional issues is part of what keeps things like this from being resolved, as the concept of law on most reservations is a joke, with most people laughing sarcastically when asked about about laws. The response is usually " what law, this is the Rez".

      The only real solution would be cross jurisdictional recognition, with both BIA and local laws being applicable to those on the reservations.

      Otherwise how can there be any enforcement when all one has to do is to make a run for the reservation border in order to be safe on the Rez.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      sligobay, oh yes, with more to come. There always seems to be more of this horror.

      Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Empathetic, thank you for a comment that speaks volumes. I agree, we need cross jurisdictional recognition and responsibilities or this will continue to happen year after year. Thank you and welcome to HubPages.

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      SLTLostCause 3 years ago

      Everyone will always have negative things to say about the Spirit Lake Reservation because nothing ever gets done! I've seen it first hand and instead of blaming the Tribal Council Washington needs to step in and look into the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) they only take calls they want and never prosecute anything. With a law enforcement staff the way it is out there nothing will ever change they either are out having affairs or watching out for their family members. They are lazy and worthless call Darren Cru and the head of the BIA and have him look into it. The Council has no say on what cases they take but they do have a say on whether they want the BIA or to change to tribal police. My opinion they need to change to tribal police because than the council can actually oversee there work ethic and see that they are working. The reservation will never change for the better until BIA is out of there! They know they can't be touched and the officers know it will take a long time yet along a good enough reason to be fired from the BIA the famous slogan as a BIA employee is "its not what you know its who you know!" So all the officers can do what they please because as long as they know someone that has a good standing higher than them they will be OK! Get rid of the corrupt BIA Law enforcement if you want change!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SLTLostCause, I really appreciate your opinion. There is no doubt that the BIA carries much of the blame for what is happening at Spirit Lake as well as other reservations in this country. As is always the case, the government is fully capable of making things worse rather than better....and that usually applies to any governing body. This is a mess and there are no easy answers. Thank you again!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      It is a shame that we have reservations, this land was their land before the white man came and took it away. I agree with SLTLostCause.

      I like the famous slogan about who you know, but I think sometimes it is "its no what you know, its what you know, but what you know about who you know.

      I am saddened by what is happening at Spirit Lake. I am glad my gggrandmother married a white man and got off the reservation.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, there may not be a happy ending to this situation. It appears the solution is many years in the future and until then many will suffer. It truly saddens me.

      Thank you for reading about these horrors; I appreciate it.

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      SLTLostCause 3 years ago

      There doesn't need to be a future of this occurring if someone would just look into the BIA and realize that they shouldn't exist! They are worthless on reservations and impossible to get fired because everything is such a long process with them. That is the problem for that reservation it is the law enforcement who enforce nothing! No reports get sent to the tribal court no rape kits ever go anywhere it is pathetic! Fire the BIA and let tribal police take over then maybe you will see this crime stop. Until then expect it to happen the BIA is a disgrace to law enforcement they shouldn't even be allowed to wear a badge.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SLTLostCause, I am in agreement with you. Thanks for sharing your passionate thoughts.

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      White Desert Flower 3 years ago

      To Vigilant Squawking Hawk; You have earned that name well. I have always been very fond of and respectful of the Native American culture. I am white...Norse and Finn; I once dated a young man that was Sioux/Cherokee (if my memory serves me right). It was his Great, Great Grandfather that named me. This was a family that was deeply rooted in their beliefs and honored the child, honored the elder and deeply respected the woman. They ended up moving and thus our relationship ended. I never forgot all that I learned from them as a "white woman". I was named "White Desert Flower", I honored with that name because of my deep feelings for their family and love for their son and scent of a woman that I brought to their family. Sadly, he was killed by a drunk driver. I'm sooo saddened to hear of this happening at Spirit Lake. Devils Lake is where my family originates from. I will keep all in my prayers and hope that this culture can be saved and peace can reign again within their tribes.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      White Desert Flower, thank you for the visit and your words. Let us truly pray for peace for Spirit Lake. It is a troubled community and I hope they find the strength within to do what is right for the children and woman of that proud tribe. Blessings to you!

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      JMV9 3 years ago

      Horrifying story but extremely well written. I don't know if you are familiar with a PBS two part story called "Kindhearted Woman" it covers a young woman's life on the Spirit Lake Reservation. Her story is very sad but so powerful. Any violence against children and seniors just gets me boiling. The shortcomings in our system to protect children is overwhelming and appalling. I too would like to be a part of the solution. Thank you for advocating for these beautiful babies.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      JMV9, thank you for your kind words. I wish this story did not have to be told; I wish this kind of abuse didn't happen, but happen it does in epidemic proportions. Yes, I have seen the PBS story.....the word you used...appalling...is exactly the right word. Thank you for caring.

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Hi Bill, this story is horrific and heart-breaking. Thank you for spreading the word. I love your compassionate heart:) You did a great job covering this story especially in your video.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, there is just too much suffering by innocents in this world. This sort of thing should never happen; children must live lives without this kind of horror. Thank you for caring.

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      Paula 2 years ago

      What can I do? There are obviously plenty of us who care. Perhaps together we can do something...?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I understand, Paula. I think change is happening, but these things take a very long time. In the meantime, kids are suffering...but we do what we can by raising awareness. Thank you for caring.

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      WHOCARES 2 years ago

      HOW DARE YOU

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for stopping by Whocares!

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      Soon to be educated women from Spirit Lake 2 years ago

      I read this article and it's not Spirit Lake Nation as a whole that's at fault for this horrible crime. If that was the case let’s take Amanda Berry's case for ex. Amanda was missing for over a decade living in her kidnapper's Ariel Castro home. She and two other girls went unnoticed for over a decade. The neighbors, community, family, and friends of Ariel Castro had no idea of what he had done for over a decade to those poor girls. You have no idea what is going on in someone's home so you can't blame a whole community. Ultimately justice was served "Valentino Bagolo" was convicted of first degree murder. This horrific crime was not swept under the rug.

      "North Dakota man accused of sexually assaulting 8-year-old

      Posted: Mar 02, 2015 11:22 AM HST Updated: Mar 02, 2015 11:22 AM HST HAZELTON, N.D. (AP) - A warrant has been issued for a 29-year-old North Dakota man accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old child.

      "The Bismarck Tribune reports that the child's mother reported the alleged abuse to the Emmons County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday. The woman told authorities that the man fondled the child while the child was at the man's Hazelton home. Emmons County Sheriff's Deputy Myron Rankins in an affidavit reported that the child was taken to a hospital where the results of an examination were consistent with the alleged abuse that was recounted to authorities. Records show that the child's account during an interview also supported the nurse's findings. The man hasn't been formally charged. A judge has issued an order forcing the man to provide a buccal swab for DNA testing purposes." (http://www.kxnet.com/story/28241198/north-dakota-m... How could family or the community not know what this lady was doing to her kids? Another example I have given. It's not just Spirit Lake Tribe that suffers from alcohol, drugs, rapes, and abuse.

      In my personal opinion the parents are at fault not a "whole community." It's a parent(s) job to protect their children sadly they neglected and drugs or other things took priority. It's not only Native Americans well in your case referring to this article just Spirit Lake Tribe. Devils Lake community suffers from drugs and alcohol as well.

      http://widelantern.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/... According to the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 39 percent of white teens between the ages of 12 and 17 admitted to using substances in the past year, compared to just 32 percent of blacks and 24 percent of Asians.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Soon to be, thank you for your comment. I happen to agree with you, the first responsibility is always the parents'...but when the parents fail, the system must do their jobs....in these sad cases, the ball was dropped by everyone and children suffered because of it.

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