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

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Seven reservation residents pleaded innocent May 17 to federal charges accusing them of submitting false claims to the Child Care Assistance Program. Michael Headdress, 52, of Wolf Point, former program director, is accused of completing time sheets for child care services never provided and enlisting others to sign. A federal indictment charged him with six felonies and a misdemeanor, including mail fraud and theft from a tribal organization and from a federally funded program. It does not specify the amount allegedly stolen. However, one charge applies only to thefts of $5,000 or more and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Charged with felonies for aiding Headdress and for theft from a tribal organization are Wolf Point residents Donelle Red Boy Parker, 28, Donessa Robin Red Boy, 19, Audrey Ann Ghost Dog, 51, Billy Raymond Brewer, 23, and Frazer resident Sadie Mae Blount, 53. Steven Alvin Douglas Jr., 21, is charged with a felony for allegedly aiding Headdress and a misdemeanor charge of theft from a tribal organization. The indictment says the alleged crimes occurred over two years, beginning in July 1997. Trial for all seven has been set for July 3 in Helena. They are free on their own recognizance.