Prosecutor: Abuse claims against tribal daycare unsubstantiated - WNEM TV 5

Prosecutor: Abuse claims against tribal daycare unsubstantiated

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Sasiwaans Immersion School is on a Native American reservation and is run by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan.

Sasiwaans is a school that teaches young children how to speak Anishinaabe, a Native American language.

The mother who is speaking out against the school said teachers in the class are disciplining the children too harshly and are failing to notify parents of those disciplinary actions when they happen.

Adriana Anger said in the past few months she's seen a drastic change in her 2-year-old daughter's behavior. Anger said it got so bad she pulled her daughter out of the school and now she wants the Chippewa tribe to investigate what's happening inside the classroom.

"The director, I would like to say that I feel like she owes my daughter, my family, and especially my kids’ grandparents an apology," Anger said.

Jacqueline Ortez is a now-suspended teacher from the school. She said she's been reporting the conduct of certain teachers to the tribe for months. Ortez said she's seen with her own eyes teachers strapping kids to chairs for 10 minutes at a time.

Several times during her interview with TV5, Ortez broke down in tears while talking about the treatment of young children inside the classroom.

On April 8, the tribe announced the Tribal Prosecutor and U.S. Attorney's Office will not press charges. They said the allegations were unsubstantiated.

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