Spirit Lake Reservation

Man sentenced to life in prison for death of five-year-old

Chief Judge Peter Welte handed down the sentence to Erich Longie, Jr. of Tokio.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — One of the two people involved in the death of a five-year-old girl on the Spirit Lake Reservation has been sentenced to life in prison. Chief Judge Peter Welte handed down the sentence to Erich Longie, Jr. of Tokio, North Dakota in federal court. Longie, Jr. plead guilty multiple felony charges involving First-Degree Felony Murder, Child…

Foster parents charged with murder in death of young girl

The Longies were originally charged with assault.

FARGO, N.D. (KFGO) – Federal prosecutors have filed new charges against the foster parents of a 5-year-old girl who died on the Spirit Lake Reservation. Forty-four-year-old Erich Longie and 45-year-old Tammy Longie are each charged with first-degree murder in the death of Raven Thompson. Court documents say first responders determined that “resuscitation was futile” when they arrived at the Longie…

Foster parents appear in court in connection to death of 5-year-old Raven Thompson

Erich Longie Jr. and Tammy Longie are being charged with two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury to a victim younger than 18 and two counts of simple assault

FARGO, N.D. –Erich Longie Jr. and Tammy Longie were taken into custody by the FBI on Friday in connection with the May 6th death of one of their foster children, Raven Thompson. “We believe that as a matter of public safety that the defendants needed to be taken into custody immediately,” said U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Drew Wrigley. According…

Two Arrested on Spirit Lake Reservation after Child Dies in Foster Care

TAMMY LONGIE ERICH LONGIE SPIRIT LAKE RESERVATION, N.D.–The United States Attorney’s Office has announced the arrest of Erich Longie Jr. and Tammy Longie in connection with the death of a five-year-old girl in their care. An affidavit with details and facts from the incident support that the Longies committed simple assault and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. On May…

FBI Investigates Death of Young Girl on Spirit Lake Reservation

A 5-year-old girl was found dead and her 7-year-old brother was injured

SPIRIT LAKE RESERVATION, N.D. — The FBI is investigating the death of a young girl on the Spirit Lake Reservation. The incident happened on May 6th. Authorities say a five-year-old girl was found dead and her seven-year-old brother was injured. He is stable condition in the ICU of Sanford Health in Fargo. FBI agents are working with the BIA and…

Sex Offender Fails To Register In Grand Forks

Police say Charles Lambert III is known to have ties to Grand Forks and the Spirit Lake Reservation

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Police in Grand Forks are asking for the public’s help in locating Charles Lambert III. They say the 39-year-old has failed to register as a sex offender. Lambert was convicted of sexual abuse in U.S. Federal Court in 2006 and his risk level is moderate. Police say Lambert is known to have ties to Grand Forks…

Assaults And Shooting Result In 60 Year Prison Sentence For Accused Murderer

Dakota Charboneau was found guilty in June of assaulting two men on the Spirit Lake Reservation

FARGO, N.D. — A Fort Totten man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for assaulting two men and shooting his ex-girlfriend. At a combined change of plea and sentencing hearing in Fargo, 24-year-old Dakota Charboneau plead guilty to the shooting last November. His former girlfriend lost her eye as a result of the shooting. Charboneau was found guilty in…

Federal Charges Handed Out for Two Murder Cases on Spirit Lake Reservation

The murders of Amanda Engst and Carla Yellowbird happened within ten months of each other

SPIRIT LAKE RESERVATION, N.D. — Over the course of ten months, two women were murdered on the Spirit Lake Reservation. Since crimes on reservations fall under federal jurisdiction, U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers formally filed charges against those allegedly involved in the murders. “A great deal of time and effort is put forth everyday by agents and prosecutors to ensure that those…