Flandreau tribe cutting ties with city police
The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is cutting ties with the City of Flandreau Police Department because of a rift over marijuana legalization, city officials said.
The tribe gave the city a 90-day notice in June that it will end its 16-year policing agreement, effective Sept. 4, and form its own police department.
“I think their business venture had something to do with it and they decided to start their own police force,” Flandreau Mayor Mark Bonrud. “We had just renegotiated the agreement, then a couple of weeks later it was dissolved without notice.”