Family questions motivation of woman’s arrest

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Family members of a Crow Creek Sioux Tribe woman who's been outspoken about the state's handling of Native American children in foster care are questioning whether her arrest on a 13-year-old charge was politically motivated.

But a spokeswoman with the South Dakota Attorney General's Office says the arrest of 54-year-old Janice Howe of Harrold is simply a case of authorities finally catching up with someone who has been able to evade an old warrant.

Howe pleaded guilty Tuesday to one felony count of perjury related to petition signatures she gathered in 1999 for a proposed constitutional amendment. Sentencing is scheduled for October 6.

Howe in her plea acknowledged improperly vouching that she witnessed petition signatures in a notarized document. In exchange, state prosecutors' agreed to drop several similar charges.


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