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Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana

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Six former employees at a tribal child care program on the reservation admitted in federal court July 24 to embezzling from the program by submitting false timecards. Mitchell Dulane Headdress, 53, former director of the Child Care Assistance Program, pleaded guilty to felony theft from a federally funded program. He admitted in a plea agreement that he stole more than $5,000 from 1997 through July 1999. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. Federal prosecutor Carl Rostad agreed to ask for light sentences for Donelle Red Boy Parker, 28; Donessa Robin Red Boy, 19; Sadie Mae Blount, 53; and Billy Raymond Brewer, 24. They all pleaded guilty to felony theft from a tribal organization, admitting they stole more than $1,000. Audrey Ann Ghost Dog, 51, pleaded guilty to the theft June 29. Steven Alvin Douglas Jr. 21, has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft. U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom set sentencing for all seven Oct. 19 in Helena. Three of Headdress' brothers, also former tribal employees, have pleaded guilty to felonies in separate cases related to the theft of government money.

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