Pine Ridge tribal officials expand expand policing of drug crimes


Responding to community fears about on–going drug related violence, tribal leaders on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation vowed Tuesday to step up patrols and prosecutions.

The tipping point? The brazen daylight shooting outside a community basketball tournament on Sunday. It was the latest in a string of violent incidents that has sown fear in the community.

“Right now everyone needs to go home and lock the doors when it gets dark because you don't know what's going to happen,” said Mona Richards of Pine Ridge Village. “It's scary. It's really getting scary in the small town of Pine Ridge.”


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