Published March 25, 2016
LAME DEER, MONTANA— The president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, based in Lame Deer, Montana, has declared an emergency over drug use on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.
Northern Cheyenne Tribal President Llevando Fisher wants nontribal members involved in drug-related activity on the reservation to be banished from tribal lands in order to reduce drug activity.
This action comes after last weekend’s shooting between two drug users. President Fisher says the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation’s tremendous drug problem and related drug violence has reached its peak.
The shooting happened last Saturday at the Cheyenne Depot Gas Station and Convenience Store in Lame Deer. Three people were shot and sustained non-life threatening injuries. Two of those shot were shooters. A female bystander was hit by a ricoheting bullet, according to tribal police.
Tribal police and the FBI continue the investigation into the shooting. According to FBI Agent Todd Palmer, one person has been arrested and is custody from the shooting.
The Tribe has hired Dion Killsback, a Northern Cheyenne tribal citizen and an attorney with Rossette Law, to update current tribal legal codes that relate to drug use. Current tribal codes only include marijuana, alcohol and intoxication, but not other drugs that are now prevelant on the reservation.
The banishment does not include tribal members of the Cheyenne Tribe. Fisher feels tribal citizens charged with drug-related criminal activity should be placed in long-term treatment, but not banished from the Tribe.