Written by John Plestina
The Fort Peck Tribes Executive Board land committee expressed concerns to Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, during a meeting at the Tribes’ offices in Poplar Wednesday, May 27.
Vice chairwoman Patt Iron Cloud told Tester the federal government could force the Tribes to pay a $1.9-million penalty for not being in compliance with the Affordable Care Act Affordable Care Act [sometimes known as Obamacare] because of a federal mandate to provide health insurance coverage to about 500 tribal employees. The ACA does not exempt tribal governments from the requirement to provide insurance for employees.
Tester said he will look at the situation.
Iron Cloud also told Tester of concerns about rerouting the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline to prevent water contamination.
She also told him more funding is need for tribal colleges and education for Indian youth that do not live on reservations.
Iron Cloud told Tester that funding is needed to build a detox center at the new tribal jail.
Tester said Indian Health Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs and highway construction needs in Indian Country are not fully funded.
“We need to fund a pot of money,” Tester said.
He said he has not seen a highway bill yet. Tester said he wants a bill that would include highway funding for Indian Country.
“Hopefully, by August, we will have a long-term bill passed and Indian Country will be addressed in it,” Tester said.
He said Montana Medicaid expansion will help Indian Health Services money to go further.
Executive board member Charles Headdress said the methamphetamine problem is out of control with too many people selling meth out of homes in Poplar and not enough being done about it. He also cited the obvious scenario of local people with no jobs driving expensive vehicles potentially being drug dealers.
Tester acknowledged that the problem is worse than it was five years ago because of the nearby Bakken Oilfield.
An issue cited is difficulty getting undercover people and confidential informants trained and certified.
Tester said he would speak to Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice Capt. Jim Summers about that situation.
“The meth problem we have here is terrible. We’re losing a whole generation of our youth,” executive board member Edward Bauer said.
He also told Tester that victims and witnesses are reluctant to testify in federal court partly because they have to fund their own transportation to U.S. District Court in Great Falls with lengthy waiting periods for federal reimbursement.
Bauer said that while medical marijuana is legal off the reservation by Montana state law, it remains illegal for Indians because of federal law.
“We’re not all in agreement, but we’re hoping for the same opportunities for our people,” Bauer said.
Recreational marijuana was also discussed.
Tester said legalizing recreational marijuana sends mixed messages, especially with the methamphetamine problem.
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Red Eagle, Lindsey and Riverside church members (not in order) Stacey Summers, Jerome First, Earnestine Dupree, Pearl Hopkins, Patrick Pipe and Ashley Dupree and dancers Cody Eagleman and Cheyenne Foote and Bozeman Presbyterian Church members poze at the FPCC College dorms in Poplar. The Bozeman group is in the area to assist the local churches. (Submitted photo)
Sixteen members of the Bozeman Presbyterian churches are visiting the Fort Peck Reservation this week in hopes of helping the local Dakota Presbyterian Churches improve their facilities.
The Red Eagle Church in Fort Kipp, Riverside Church, Lindsey Church in Poplar and the United Dakota Church in Wolf Point will receive services from the group.
Members of the Bozeman churches include a retired engineer, military, school teachers and various builders that will evaluate each church making plans for improvements and minor repairs and landscaping work.
In Riverside, the team will help map the Riverside Cemetery and help the church apply for historical status. The Red Eagle church is in need of work to improve the foundation while the other churches all need repairs.
The Red Eagle church members fed the volunteers supper Monday, June 1, at the Fort Peck Community College dorms. Native American dancers Cody Eagleman and Cheyenne Foote danced for the group and talked about Native American culture.
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Five youth set up a lemonade stand in front of the Wolf Point Fire Station, Friday, May 29, to make a few extra bucks. Pictured are (seated, from left to right) Raymond Burshia, Brianna Jensen-Rowe, Chamiyah Durney, (standing) Vanessa Durney and Jalinn Jensen-Rowe. (Photo by John Plestina)
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A group of college students passed through Wolf Point, Poplar and Cul-
bertson Thursday, May 28, on a Seattle to New York bicycle ride along the Hi-Line for “Ride For Water,” a group raising money for clean water for Uganda. Pictured making a rest stop at McDonalds in Wolf Point are (from left to right) James Swain of Phoenix, Ariz.; Ryan Fackler and Jesse Stedman, both of Sacramento, Calif.; Kyle Hahn of Ventura, Calif.; and Cameron Vaughn of Pleasanton, Calif.
(Photo by John Plestina)
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(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department between May 25 and 31. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
12:04 a.m., officers responded to Cenex East for a report of a stolen lawnmower and cited three Wolf Point men — Tyson Black Eagle, 30; Thomas Black Eagle, 56; and Thomas Flynn, 32 — for theft under $500.
12:14 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of shoplifting of meat. Police were unable to locate the suspect. The incident remains under investigation.
6:47 p.m., firefighters responded to a suspicious grass fire near the lagoon.
9:08 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Eureka Street for a report of a back window broken on a car. The incident remains under investigation.
1:58 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Benton Street for a report that a man broke into the house and passed out on a couch. Police arrested Matthew Weeks, 21, of Wolf Point for criminal trespass and public intoxication.
3:11 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Eureka Street for a report of a window shot with a BB gun. The incident remains under investigation.
5:19 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street for a report by a woman that a dog bit her granddaughter. The incident remains under investigation.
5:41 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of attempted shoplifting. A warrant is pending for an adult male.
7:32 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Third Avenue South for a request to remove an intoxicated female from a residence and arrested Carrie Shawl, 39, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
1:21 a.m., officers responded to Homestead Inn for a report of a disturbance involving two rooms. Both parties were advised to quiet down and avoid each other.
1:34 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of a stolen car. The incident remains under investigation.
3 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Dawson Street for a report of a fight between two intoxicated men. They were advised to go back into the building.
9:08 p.m., officers observed an intoxicated 17-year-old male on the sidewalk in front of Arlo’s Bar. Police arrested him for minor in possession of alcohol, resisting arrest and on a tribal warrant.
12:10 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Cascade Street for a report of a burglary and arrested Dave Fast Horse III, 27, of Wolf Point for burglary and criminal trespass.
9:35 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Custer Street for a report of two females fighting and arrested a 15-year-old juvenile for disorderly conduct and minor in possession of alcohol and Kori Runkell, 21, for simple assault.
10:05 a.m., police took a report from a female of a vehicle theft from Town Pump the previous night. The owner located the vehicle seven hours later.
3:05 p.m., officers responded to Southside School for a report of a theft of two bicycles. The incident remains under investigation.
3:55 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of Fourth Avenue South for a report of a domestic disturbance. The incident remains under investigation.
4:18 p.m., Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officers broke up a fight in downtown Wolf Point and city police cited Clarissa Muniz, 22, and Michel Black Eagle, 24, both of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct.
9:58 p.m., officers on patrol identified and arrested Victor Romero Jr., 48, of Wolf Point on a city court warrant.
11:09 a.m., officers responded to Shopko for a report of an employee theft. The incident remains under investigation.
4:31 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of First Avenue North for a report of a male urinating on the steps of a residence. Officers were unable to locate the subject.
5:24 p.m., officers responded to U.S. Hwy. 2 and Fourth Avenue North for a report of a two-vehicle accident.
9:09 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Custer Street for a report of two individuals fighting in the street and arrested Loren Aaron Red Elk, 21, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
8:24 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Granville Street for a report of cash stolen from a purse inside a vehicle.
9:20 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Fairweather Street for a report of a rock breaking a window on a vehicle. The incident remains under investigation.
12:54 p.m., firefighters responded to a grass fire that burned less than one-quarter acre on BIA Route 6680 along the Missouri River. A lightening strike is suspected as the cause.
3:29 p.m., officers responded to the Lord’s Table for a report of two adult females fighting on the porch. Officers separated them and sent them on their way.
5:10 p.m., officers responded to Shopko for a report of a male shoplifting. An arrest warrant is pending.
7:41 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Garfield Street for a report of a 2007 GMC Yukon striking a dog that ran away. The SUV was damaged. The 20-year-old female driver was not cited.
10:04 p.m., officers responded to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus for a report of a dog bite on the 200 block of Custer Street.
9:33 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Seventh Avenue South for a report of a lawn mower stolen from the residence. The incident remains under investigation.
1:05 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop behind Albertson’s and cited Roman Follett, 42, of Wolf Point for reckless driving and driving without a license.
4:22 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of shoplifting and arrested Janet Day, 45, of Wolf Point for theft.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between May 25 and 31: checks of wellbeing, 14; civil standby, five; domestic disturbance, two; public assistance, 11; motor vehicle accidents, one; removal of unwanted individuals, 19; animal complaints, six; medical assistance, one; alarm, three; assist other agency, eight; unfounded reports, 11; and driving complaints, nine.