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Purpose Code X initiative

The BIA-OJS Purpose Code X Program will provide tribal social service agencies with the information they need to protect the children they place into care in emergency situations when parents are unable to provide for their welfare.
Protocols for operating under the new program are being developed by BIA-OJS and will be tested by a select number of tribes prior to a nationwide implementation of the program.

On August 13, 2014, BIA Supervisory Special Agent Tony Larvie responded to a one vehicle accident on the Crow Indian Reservation. The driver of the vehicle was ejected from the vehicle. SSA Larvie approached the driver and checked on her vital signs. SSA Larvie observed that the driver was not breathing and he was unable to find a pulse. While checking the driver, SSA Larvie heard a whimpering noise coming from the wrecked vehicle that sounded like a young child. SSA Larvie climbed into the back window of the vehicle and observed the driver’s child (approximately 2 years old) inside. The child was secured in a child safety-seat. With the vehicle on its side, the child was hanging downward in an awkward position. SSA Larvie observed an abrasion on the child’s face but no other visible signs of injury. SSA Larvie unbuckled the child safety-seat while he handed the child out of the back window to the Tribal Fish and Game Officer, who had also arrived on scene. Later it was determined the child had been sitting in the wrecked vehicle for approximately eight hours.

Tony Larvie recognition photo


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