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Congress passed the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015 last week by a 249-177 vote with 24 Democrats joining a majority of Republicans Tuesday, Nov. 17. The bill, if it becomes law, would roll back federal agency intervention in tribal affairs and restore greater sovereignty to tribes.
Rep. Ryan Zinke, R- Mont., cosponsored and voted for the measure that would amend the National Labor Relations Act to affirm that the law does not apply to any business owned and operated by an Indian tribe and located on tribal land.
“This is about sovereignty, opportunity and respect,” Zinke said in a prepared statement. “The federal government already saddles our tribes with burdensome regulations that hamper their ability to achieve the same goals of prosperity and success that we all aspire to. Considering the fact that the NLRB notoriously overreaches in the private sector, imagine what damage they would do to Montana’s tribes. H.R.511 is supported by tribes all across the nation. This bill affirms my strong support for their sovereignty.”
The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act would: prevent the National Labor Relations Board from exerting jurisdiction over Native American businesses operating on tribal lands by restoring a legal standard that was previously in place; protect the sovereignty of Native American tribes, ensuring they are afforded the same rights and protections enjoyed by state and local governments; and return to tribes the ability to govern labor relations in their businesses in a way they determine is best for their workplaces, eliminating legal confusion and uncertainty.
In 2004, the NLRB issued the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino decision, overturning a long-standing precedent, and began using a subjective test to determine when and where to assert its jurisdiction over Indian tribes.
Prior to its San Manuel decision, the NLRB respected the sovereignty of Native American tribes, holding that they were generally free from outside intervention. The NLRB now decides on a case-by-case basis whether a tribal business on tribal land is for commercial purposes, and if it is, the board asserts its jurisdiction over that business.
Written by John Plestina
Robert Fowler was back in 15th District Court Wednesday, Nov. 18, facing new drug charges.
Fowler, 62, of Wolf Point was arraigned before District Judge David Cybulski and pleaded not guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs - second or subsequent offense.
Wolf Point Police arrested Fowler in The Waterhole Oct. 1 after two officers entered the bar and observed Fowler playing pool. They were aware that he was on probation.
The officers found methamphetamine on Fowler, according to the charging documents.
Fowler received a deferred imposition of sentence in March, allowing him to avoid going to prison on multiple drug charges. Cybulski sentenced him to two five-year terms in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections with all prison time suspended.
He had pleaded guilty Dec. 10 to two charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Cybulski called the suspended sentences a reward for completing a 90-day substance abuse treatment program.
Written by John Plestina
A Williston, N.D., man was sentenced for a fourth DUI to an addiction treatment program with prison time suspended in 15th District Court Wednesday, Nov. 18.
District Judge David Cybulski sentenced Jason Aniwaya Fridge, 30, to a commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections WATCh addiction treatment program for a period of 13 months and a two-year commitment to the DOC suspended to run consecutively to the 13-month sentence. Fridge received 157 days credit for time served and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, surcharges and court appointed counsel fees.
Fridge was arraigned in July and pleaded not guilty to felony driving under the influence, fourth or subsequent offense and a misdemeanor stop sign violation.
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(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility. Names on the jail roster are those of everyone incarcerated and persons booked into the jail during the previous week and does not necessarily mean there is a new charge or conviction. Some individuals might be serving time for a previous conviction.)
As of Monday, Nov. 30, 13 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding three females and one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Nov. 23, and Monday, Nov. 30:
•Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer and resisting arrest;
•Aaron Etner, 33, Fresno, Calif., partner or family member assault;
•Christopher L. Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out-of- county warrant;
•Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
•Lavern Knoble, 53, Poplar, felony theft;
•John Kramer, 31, Williston, N.D., disorderly conduct and obstructing a peace officer;
•John Menz, 31, Poplar, driving under the influence, criminal child, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal endangerment, driving under the influence - detectable level of intoxication and driver under the influence of any drug - narcotics;
•William Rectenwald, 49, Wolf Point, probation/parole violation;
•Jim Simpson, 47, Culbertson, driving under the influence - first offense;
•Benjamin Smith, 37, Williston, N.D., out-of- county warrant;
•Adam Stephan, 42, Plentywood, operating a motor vehicle without liability insurance, fleeing or eluding a peace officer, reckless driving, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked, seatbelt violation, and a criminal contempt warrant from Montana State probation office with a $10,000 bond;
•Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
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(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire departments between Nov. 23 and 29. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
1:26 a.m., officers responded to Town Pump and arrested Morgan Long, 29, of Wolf Point on a city court warrant and resisting arrest.
5 a.m., officers responded to The Herald-News on the 400 block of Main Street for a report of an alarm with no apparent break-in.
9:20 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Custer Street for a report of a burglary of an abandoned house. The incident remains under investigation.
9:37 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of East Johnson Street for a report of for a report of a vehicle entered and ransacked. The incident remains under investigation.
10:20 a.m., officers responded to the Wolf Point landfill for a report of a breaking at the landfill office. The incident remains under investigation.
4:48 p.m., officers responded to Sixth Avenue North and Eureka Street for a report of juveniles throwing rocks at vehicles. One juvenile was taken to her home.
4:34 a.m., officers responded to the Amtrak depot for a request to remove three belligerent individuals.
11:10 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Fairweather Street and arrested Matt Gustafson, 29, of Wolf Point on a city court warrant.
1:51 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Dayton Street for a report of a landlord/tenant dispute and removed one individual from the property.
2:39 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Cascade Street for a report of a burglary with a loss valued over $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
9:14 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street to assist a Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officer who had observed two male juveniles lighting a fire at a dumpster. The juveniles were not located.
9:19 p.m., firefighters responded to a dumpster fire on the 200 block of Custer Street.
9:32 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Anaconda Street for a report of two juveniles acting in a suspicious manner. They left the scene. One abandoned a large box of Reese’s Pieces.
4:17 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Custer Street for a report of a stolen vehicle. It was located later on Fairweather Street.
4:19 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of an individual flopping around with his pants down at the intersection of Second Avenue South.
7 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of an intoxicated man passed out in a restroom. Police drove him home.
6:34 p.m., officers responded to Prairie Cinema on the 300 block of Main Street for a report of thefts from parked vehicles. Police arrested Leonard Wetlin, 44, of Wolf Point at Fifth Avenue South and Main Street at 9:32 p.m. for theft and resisting arrest.
3:46 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Custer Street for a report from a female of suspicious individuals in the area and arrested Trevor White, 23, of Wolf Point on a warrant and removed the other individual.
4:56 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of a man urinating on the sidewalk in front of Wolf Point Liquor Market.
7:37 p.m., police and firefighters responded to a single-vehicle motor vehicle accident on “Swimming Pool Road” one mile north of Wolf Point. The people involved in the accident had left the scene.
10:54 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Third Avenue South for a report of a theft of cash. The incident remains under investigation.
12:13 p.m., firefighters responded to Faith Home on the 1000 block of Sixth Avenue North a report of a smoke alarm. A resident left something burning on a stove.
7:50 p.m., officers responded to Cenex East for a report of a stolen car that was found at the reporting party’s home.
11:49 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Fairweather Street for a report of three juveniles, two male and one female, siphoning gas from parked vehicles. Police cited them with curfew violations and the girl for driving with no driver’s license.
2:21 a.m., officers responded to the 700 block of Third Avenue North for a report of an abandoned vehicle in an alley. It was impounded.
11:23 p.m., firefighters responded to the 800 block of West Cascade Street for a report of a structure fire. The fire was contained in a shed attached to a duplex. There was smoke damage in the vacant half of the duplex.
11:53 p.m., officers responded to Arlo’s Bar on the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of a disturbance involving several people. A woman later called about a car window shot out on the 400 block of Fairweather Street that police say might have been connected to the incident at Arlo’s. Police were unable to locate a suspect. The incident remains under investigation.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between Nov. 16 and 22: checks of wellbeing, nine; civil standby, two; domestic disturbance, three; public assistance, nine; removal of unwanted individuals, five; animal complaints, one; medical assistance, four; alarm, eight; assist other agency, six; unfounded reports, two; and driving complaints, four.