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County-tribal law enforcement agreement could see changes


February 22, 2017

A Polson lawmaker is advancing a bill in the Montana Legislature that would obligate the state to cover law enforcement costs for counties prosecuting felony crimes on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Unique among Montana’s tribal reservations, the partnership between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and Lake County gives the county jurisdiction over felony crimes committed by tribal members on the reservation. It’s the only such arrangement in the state, originally adopted in 1964 under Public Law 280.


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