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2017-08-10 / Headlines

SHOOTING SHAKES CROW NATION

Meth and Limited Law Enforcement Blamed
BY BRANDON ECOFFEY
LCT EDITOR


In a statement provided to LCT, Alvin Not Afraid Jr., Chairman CrowTribe of Indians, asked for prayers for the families. In a statement provided to LCT, Alvin Not Afraid Jr., Chairman CrowTribe of Indians, asked for prayers for the families. CROW NATION, MONT – Another meth-related shooting has rocked Indian Country.

The small reservation town of Lodge Grass, Montana, was shocked on Friday, August 4, 2017, when news broke that three of its tribal citizens had been shot and killed.

According to federal officials a confrontation proceeded the shooting deaths of Denise Stewart Nomee, 25, her husband, Leslie Frank Nomee Jr., 27, and Nehemiah Brokenrope, 30. The shooting follows several that have occurred across Indian Country as methamphetamine has wreaked havoc in resourced strained reservation communities on the northern plains.

In a statement provided to LCT, Alvin Not Afraid Jr., Chairman Crow Tribe of Indians, asked for prayers for the families.

“I want to offer my condolences to the family and friends of those involved. I ask all Crow Members, and all Montanans, to pray for those of us affected by this tragedy as we mourn the loss of life.

Families include: Blaine, White, Nomee, Hunts the Arrow, Stewart, Morning, Hoops, Falls Down, Takes the Horse and Not Afraid.”

Not Afraid would go on to say that the limited numbers of officers at their disposal was extremely limited and insufficient. He would add that the increasing threat of meth related crime is now posing a major risk for the citizens of the Crow Nation.

“The cost of fighting METH is substantial, which takes prevention, awareness, enforcement and rehabilitation… Drugs have a devastating effect on our communities, and yesterday’s incident is a reminder of that. But the coming days and weeks will prove the strength of the Crow Community as we come together to find healing and hope, where today we feel pain and loss. Thank you, and may God grant us the wisdom to find peace,” said Not Afraid.

The Crow Nation Legislative Branch also took action is response to the shooting as it declared a State of Emergency.

“The Crow Tribal Legislative Branch hereby declares a State of Emergency and makes this formal request to local tribal, federal and surrounding jurisdictions for an organized effort to immediately address the drug epidemic and rash of violent offenses seriously affecting the Crow Indian Reservation, its members and residents.”

The State of Emergency allows for federal dollars to be diverted to address the emergency. There have been no suspects named in the shooting.

(Contact Brandon Ecoffey at editor@lakotacountrytimes.com)

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