Saginaw Chippewa Tribal School Accused of Abuse

January 14, 2016 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

The Sasiwaans Immersion School, a Saginaw Chippewa tribal school located in Mount Pleasant, is the subject of quite serious allegations of abuse. According to a spokesman for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribe, an investigation is now being conducted, but very few details are currently being provided to the public.
In interviews given to the media, a former teacher at the school and a parent of one of the children there has made allegations that teachers at the school are abusing children in their care. According to the teacher, who provided information to the media on the grounds that she remain anonymous, she was suspended from her position at the school while attempting to make a video record of a 2-year-old child strapped to a chair.
She claims that children are forcibly held down during nap time, with their eyes held shut. She also says that children are tied to chairs during lessons, and as a form of punishment. It was during one of these instances that the teacher says she tried to document the abuse, and lost her job as a result.
Adriana Anger, the mother of the little girl tied to the chair, has since removed her from the school as a result of the allegations. And these allegations don’t seem to come as much of a surprise to her, as she says there have been several instances in which her toddler came home from school with unexplained injuries in the past.
On one occasion, she says, her daughter came home with a bite wound on her cheek, which was open and bleeding. She says that the school had not contacted her during the day to let her know that there had been an incident in which her child was hurt. Other injuries have included bruises and bite marks.
Because the school is located on Saginaw Chippewa tribal land, this case will be prosecuted on a federal level, if it results in charges at all. However, it remains to be seen what comes of this investigation, and whether or not there are criminal charges brought as a result.