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Swain County social workers in charge of protecting children are paid less and handle more cases than those elsewhere in…
The Swain County Department of Social Services falsified records relating to the abuse and neglect of a 15-month-old baby who…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 12:49

Former Swain DSS director appeals firing but loses

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The former head of Swain County’s Department of Social Services won’t be getting her job back, members of the county’s…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:50

Swain DSS director fired, lodges appeal

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Tammy Cagle, once the leader of the Swain County Department of Social Services, has been given the ax by the…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:48

Social safety net failed Cherokee baby

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Additional evidence has surfaced indicating Swain County social workers failed to act on reports of alleged abuse and neglect of…
A county commissioner got financial aid from the Swain County Department of Services last year while his niece was serving…
An interim director is now at the helm of the Swain County Department of Social Services, bringing to the table…
The director of Swain County Department of Social Services has been put on leave with pay following a nearly clean…
Swain County social workers and supervisors named in a State Bureau of Investigation probe are no longer welcome to work…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:00

Cherokee trust shaken in Swain DSS

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Tribal members and leaders alike vented their discontent with Swain County’s handling of child welfare for Cherokee children at this…
A large crowd turned out at the Swain County commissioners meeting this week to voice support for the beleaguered Department…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 20:32

Swain commissioners want DSS workers suspended

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The state could step in to run the Swain County Department of Social Services if the top leaders are among…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:28

Tribe, county DSS agencies have complex relationship

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By Quintin Ellison and Colby Dunn • Staff writers The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is forced to rely on…
Relatives say they warned social workers repeatedly over the course of several months that Aubrey Littlejohn was being neglected and…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:21

Child’s death hits Cherokee hard

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The mood is grim. Few people in this tight community want to talk to an outsider about the death of…
The State Bureau of Investigation raided Swain County Department of Social Services Tuesday, hauling off computers and records in an…