County can't afford to prosecute reservation felonies
January 16, 2017
POLSON - Lake County commissioners say the county can no longer afford to investigate and prosecute felony crimes on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday in support of a resolution to ask the state to consider withdrawing from an agreement that gives counties jurisdiction over felonies on reservations. They hope the move will prompt the federal government to help cover some of the $2 million annual cost.
Commissioner Dave Stipe says he thinks it would cost the federal government less to help the county than to have federal agents do the work.