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Effort to Banish Drug Dealers Raises Legal Questions


Attorneys who specialize in tribal law say an effort by the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council to banish accused drug dealers may raise legal questions, but it also highlights a growing law enforcement concern in Indian Country.

On Sept. 3, government officials on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation announced they had passed a motion to begin banishing accused drug dealers, or “undesirables.” Native American tribes have used banishment as a punishment for centuries, but only recently have they revived the practice to deal with growing drug problems.


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