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North Dakota Indian affairs commissioner reinstated

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum has reinstated North Dakota’s Indian Affairs commissioner, three weeks after placing Scott Davis on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

A statement from the governor’s office said the probe “resulted in a recommendation of no disciplinary action.” Davis will return to his regular duties.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the governor’s office released no details during the investigation. Officials on Friday say the probe by the state’s Human Resource Management division “found Davis did not misuse his position of authority when engaging in a personal relationship with a state employee from a different agency with whom he had no formal work relationship.”

The Indian Affairs Commission’s director acts as a liaison between the governor’s office and North Dakota’s tribal governments. The director works with the state’s American Indian tribes on various projects, and assembles data about North Dakota’s five reservations.

Davis is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He was first appointed to the position in 2009 by then-Gov. John Hoeven.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press.

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