January 25, 2024
AGENCY VILLAGE, S.D.–Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribal officials say a daycare manager has been arrested as part of an investigation into drug-related activity.
In a letter to parents, the tribe says Little Steps Daycare Director Courtney Boggess was arrested on criminal drug charges.
Little Steps Daycare is located south of Sisseton in Agency Village near the tribal headquarters.
It’s not clear if the drug activity happened at the daycare facility itself, but in the letter to parents, the tribe stated that an investigation found that no children were harmed and “the facility has been sanitized and cleaned for safety measures.”
The full context of the letter reads:
“Recent developments resulted in the arrest of the daycare manager in connection with illicit drug related activities. The safety and well-being of the children entrusted to our care have always been our top priority. The illicit drug problem in our community continues to be a deep concern. ‘We understand the gravity of this situation and are committed to transparency throughout this process. Our focus remains on providing a secure and nurturing environment for our children. All necessary steps were taken to address his situation over the weekend and prior t0 opening the facility. Little Steps Daycare is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of care,and we will continue t0 work closely with all the families to ensure thorough transition to new management.”
The letter was signed by the tribe’s chairman, vice chair and the tribal secretary.