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Jail deputy in North Dakota suspended for a day over social media post mocking Native Americans

The employee is the subject of multiple sanctions, police say.
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A jail deputy based in Fargo has been suspended after posting a video on social media that was offensive to Native Americans.

The Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner announced Monday that the corrections officer, identified as Tamara Holland, has been subject to "multiple sanctions, to include suspension," as a result of the post.

Per a Cass County report, Holland herself reported that she had been subject of "a lot of negative attention" for her post on TikTok, in which she effected a caricature Native American accent, as she joked about Native Americans who get behind the wheel ultimately finding themselves at a liquor store.

Holland noted that the post had picked up a lot of shares before she took it down, and those who noticed it had linked it to her Facebook account, in which she states she works for Cass County Sheriff's Office.

The original recommendation based on Cass County employee guidelines was that Holland would be fired, and as a result of that recommendation she was given the opportunity to plead her case at a pre-determination hearing so that Holland could "visit" with the sheriff to argue why he "should not go through with the recommendation" that she be terminated.

Holland argued her years of service and hard work as reasons why she should be kept on, and Jahner reached out to members of the Native American community in the Fargo-Moorhead area to discuss how he should proceed.

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Ultimately he decided he would impose a "educational-type disciplinary plan," which will include Holland attending a number of Fargo Human Relations Commission meetings and Fargo Native American Commission meetings.

She was suspended without pay for 24 hours, and will be required to create a liaison contact with the local Native American community that will see her "visit with them and learn about Native American culture."

She will also have to attend anti-bias training, will not be allowed to apply for promotion for a year, and will be fired for any further race-based infractions.

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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