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Audit: Indian Affairs agency misspent funds on gift cards

March 27, 2019 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota auditor says the state Indian Affairs Commission misspent nearly $8,000 on gift cards for Native American youth attending leadership conferences in 2016 and 2017.

State Auditor Joshua Gallion released the findings on Wednesday. He says the audit also reveals the Indian Affairs Commission had not conducted an annual inventory of assets including computers, cell phones, and cameras.

North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission Executive Director Scott Davis says his agency believed the gift cards were given legally. He says it won’t happen in the future.

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Davis also says the agency is up to date on its required annual inventory.

Davis is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and serves in Gov. Doug Burgum’s cabinet. He also served under former governors John Hoeven and Jack Dalrymple.