North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) declined to prosecute individuals allegedly responsible for the physical and sexual abuse of minors as the state’s Attorney General, despite the corroborating evidence.
Fox News reports:
Heitkamp, who served as the North Dakota’s attorney general between 1992 and 2000, oversaw the North Dakota Bureau of Investigation’s probe between 1993 and 1994 into allegations of abuse at the Wahpeton Indian School (WIS), now known as the Circle of Nations School, a boarding school for troubled Native American students.
She is currently running for her re-election in the upcoming November election, with the latest Fox News poll putting Republican candidate Kevin Cramer ahead by 12 points. Last week she justified her vote against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, stating she will stand up for women and young girls across the country. “Our actions right now are a poignant signal to young girls and women across our country,” Heitkamp said. “I will continue to stand up for them.”
The allegations of physical and sexual abuse at the Native American school were largely confirmed by four state and federal investigations conducted by the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office, the North Dakota Department of Human Services, the FBI, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
But despite the investigations and the corroboration of the allegations, none of the government agencies, including the office led by Heitkamp, recommended pursuing charges against individuals who allegedly committed the crimes.
A 1994 memo authored by Heitkamp concurred with the opinion not to press charges against the suspected perpetrators. She never revisited the case.