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Northern Cheyenne tribal members policing reservation


LAME DEER — Dozens of Northern Cheyenne who have assumed the role of law enforcement in Lame Deer marched from a camp they've kept in place since the rise of COVID-19 to the Little Wolf Capitol Building, demanding support from their leadership.

The march began Wednesday morning, and to the beat of drums and Bob Marley blasting from a speaker, when a string of soldiers in the Northern Cheyenne Traditional Military Societies and their supporters started from the U.S. Highway 212 roundabout.

"We don't have any of the support or any of the legal protection that cops do, but we're doing the same work," said Justin Simpson, a member of the Elk Horn Scrapers society, who has worked security for the Northern Cheyenne since February.


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