Hannahville Indian Community of Wisconsin Potawatomie Indians, Michigan


Former Menominee Indian High School Principal Mark Fry, 39, has been sentenced to 10 years and nine months in prison for sexually assaulting two students. A circuit judge sentenced Fry to prison time June 9, despite a plea agreement recommending he spend up to a year in the county jail plus 13 years on probation. Fry was accused of sexually assaulting two 17-year-old boys in his home between Aug. 1, 1995 and Feb. 25, 1996. In April 1996, the Nation banished the non-Indian from the reservation after he was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the allegations. He had been principal for three years. Fry also must make undetermined restitution, pay court costs and submit a DNA sample. The judge said he couldn't agree to probation since Fry "used his position of trust as a cover for his activities." The county assistant district attorney said she agreed to a plea bargain to spare the victims "who have clear and long-standing problems due to the incidents" an emotional trial. At the hearing, Fry accepted responsibility for "inappropriate behavior" and apologized. "It's disturbing that this kind of thing is moving to rural America and our community," Tribal Chairman Apesanahkwat said later."