Fort Peck leaders declare war on meth, but vote down effort to stiffen punishments


BILLINGS - The Fort Peck Indian Reservation is dealing with what tribal leaders call a methamphetamine epidemic, yet the council recently voted down an initiative to make possession and use of the drug a felony offense.

During a tribal council meeting last week, the board voted 6 to 5 to deny a motion to enhance criminal punishment for meth users.

As it stands, a tribal member who is caught using or possessing methamphetamine, or any other illegal drug, faces a misdemeanor charge in tribal court.


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