NEW TOWN, N.D. – Tribal leaders are reacting after a fire destroyed a nearly century-old church on the Fort Berthold Reservation earlier this week.
The Monday-morning blaze tore through the Memorial Congregational Church, just between Parshall and White Shield.
The church, built in 1926, is a total loss.
No one was hurt, though authorities do have a person in custody.
Mark Fox, the chairman of the MHA Nation, offered this statement on the loss of the church:
The destruction of the historic Memorial Congregational Church was devastating for our people. Our nation mourns with all those who held a special place in their hearts for this sacred place. The Memorial Congregational Church has always been and will remain an important part of our nation's history.