FARGO — Facing a wave of lawsuits over allegations of sexual abuse, the national Boy Scouts of America organization declared bankruptcy on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

In the wake of that announcement, the region's scout group, the Northern Lights Council, issued a statement clarifying its own status.

The Northern Lights Council said it has not filed for bankruptcy and is separate from the national group. The council provides financing and programming support to local troops and scouts, the statement said.

The council also said it owns all of its own camps and properties. No meetings, events or scouting activities will be disrupted, the statement said.

The Northern Lights Council was started in 1974 and works with troops in the Dakotas and Minnesota.