Tribe bans Dupree educators from reservation over child abuse allegations

Welcome to Dupree A sign welcomes visitors to the town of Dupree, where child abuse allegations have resulted in the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe banning three Dupree Public School staff members. ~ Courtesy Photo

by Bart Pfankuch South Dakota News Watch

A child abuse allegation against a teacher at Dupree Elementary School prompted the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to take the unusual step of banning the teacher, a principal and the superintendent from reservation lands where the public school is located.

As a result, the three employees have been unable to work at the school since the beginning of the new academic year in a district with highneed students and a poor track record of student achievement.

Tribal police continue to investigate the abuse allegations, which include slapping one child and forcefully grabbing another. The teacher could face criminal abuse charges while the two administrators could be charged with breaking a South Dakota law that requires many professional employees to report potential abuse. For more on this story and many more please purchase a copy of the Sisseton Courier on news stands now or purchase a copy of the E-edtion on this website.