Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota


Police have reopened the jail in Fort Totten, nearly a year after a staff shortage forced it to close. Police Chief Darrel Trottier said changes in the BIA management and an increase in funding helped. "We have been able to purchase new equipment and vehicles and create new positions.'' Six dispatchers and three corrections officers work there now, he said. "When we closed, we had one jailer and one dispatcher,'' Trottier said. During the staff shortage, prisoners were held in Devils Lake, but Trottier said it took time to transport them. "Officers had a lot of road time.''