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New center opens to stop child abuse on reservation

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WARM SPRINGS, OR (KPTV) -

The Indian Health Service and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation are working to stop child abuse. They have opened a Child Abuse Intervention Center in Warm Springs.

The Center is a medical clinic where Indian Health Service (IHS) caregivers will interview native children who may have been sexually or physically abused.

Children can also complete medical examinations in a comfortable, child-friendly environment.  Cases of suspected child abuse will be referred by the center to appropriate law enforcement officials.

The Center has a Warm Springs' native name of "Snwiyaila Miyanashna," which means "Talking for the Children."

Tribal elders formally blessed the building on Monday in a ceremony attended by Warm Springs tribal council members, tribal police officers, prosecutors, victim advocates and children's protective services case workers.

Federal representatives from the IHS, U.S. Attorney's Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation were also there.

For many years, the Warm Springs community has operated a Child Abuse Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), consisting of tribal and federal prosecutors, police officers, FBI agents, children's case workers and medical personnel.

The MDT meets monthly to review and discuss child abuse investigations and prosecutions.

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