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Local tribe 'not anywhere close' to banishment for meth sales


PICKSTOWN—Methamphetamine abuse is widespread problem among South Dakota's American Indian tribes, but a representative of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is offering one method to combat the drug's influence on the reservation.

Kurt Spilker, an attorney for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, gave a presentation to Yankton Sioux tribal members Thursday regarding his tribe's recently approved resolution to banish enrolled members convicted of distributing narcotics. Spilker's presentation at the Yankton Sioux Tribe Substance Abuse Summit at the Fort Randall Casino in Pickstown was heard by dozens of tribal members, including Yankton Sioux Vice Chairman Jody Zephier.


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