Sisseton business owner faces charges for embezzling from tribe

ABERDEEN, S.D. — A Sisseton business owner is facing charges that he and his business took money from an Indian tribal organization, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's Office.

Dustin Martin Kirk, 46, was indicted March 5 on two counts of embezzlement and theft. Two additional charges in the indictment relate to his now-dissolved business, Siouxland Lumber & Materials.

Kirk has pleaded not guilty. Trial has been set for May 14.

It's alleged that between August 2016 and December 2018 Kirk and his business stole more than $1,000 from Dakota Nation Development Corp. and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Housing Authority, both of which are entities of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Sioux Tribe.

The maximum penalty is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.