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TEN LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn.—A 3-year-old girl was attacked and severely injured by a dog while playing outside with her mother on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, according to local law enforcement. 

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Leech Lake Tribal Police and Leech Lake Ambulance were dispatched to a home in Ten Lake Township, which is located within the exterior boundaries of the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. According to a press release issued by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), the child suffered from severe injuries from the attack and was transported to the Cass Lake Indian Health Services hospital in Cass Lake. 

The child was later flown to a hospital in Fargo, North Dakota for further treatment. 

Leech Lake Tribal Police Department officers and a Beltrami County deputy located the dog that attacked the child and took it into custody of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe’s (LLBO) Animal Control. A disposition of the dog is pending, authorities said.  

Earlier this year, Native News Online reported a deadly dog attack on the Fort Hall Indian reservation in Idaho, where a 7-year-old boy was mauled to death by four dogs. His mother was attacked and severely injured, leaving her in intensive care for more than a week. 

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe had not released a statement regarding the incident, but it does have policies that regulate dogs, or the control of them, on the reservation. 

While living on the reservation, owners must register their dogs with the Tribe’s Public Safety Division for $10 a year. Dogs on the reservation deemed as “dangerous”, such as Rottweilers, pit bulls, Dobermans, shepherds, and/or mixed breeds, that are on private land or non-Tribal housing must have a $50,000 liability insurance certificate. Rottweilers, pit bulls, Dobermans, shepherds, and/or mixed breeds are prohibited on tribal housing and property on the Reservation.

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Author: Darren ThompsonEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Darren Thompson (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) is a staff reporter for Native News Online who is based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Thompson has reported on political unrest, tribal sovereignty, and Indigenous issues for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Indian Country Today, Native News Online, Powwows.com and Unicorn Riot. He has contributed to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Voice of America on various Indigenous issues in international conversation. He has a bachelor’s degree in Criminology & Law Studies from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.