Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council Votes to Banish Drug Dealers for Life from Tribe

- CRST 2014 logo.previewEAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA — On Wednesday, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council took a strong stand to free its reservation of drugs. The Council voted to dis-enroll and banish anyone convicted of dealing, distributing, manufacturing or trafficking methamphetamines and/or any narcotic drug for life.

One portion of the tribal resolution reads:

“Methamphetamine has caused an increase in murder, suicides, assaults, burglary, vandalism, child abuse, child neglect among many other injustices, that the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council recognizes this epidemic and on the reservation which will not be tolerated to affect our families.”

“This resolution will send a message to those who are thinking about bringing Meth to Cheyenne River,” stated CRST Tribal Chairman Harold C. Frazier.

Full text of Resolution:

WHEREAS, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is an unincorporated Tribe of Indians having accepted the provisions of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984); and

WHEREAS, the Tribe in order to establish its tribal organization, to conserve its tribal property, to develop its common resources, and to promote the general welfare of its people, has ordained and established a Constitution and By-laws; and

WHEREAS, Article I of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 reserves the right of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to identify “bad men among whites, or among other people subject to the authority of the United States;” and

WHEREAS, Article IV Section 1(k) of the CRST Constitution authorizes the CRST Council to promulgate ordinances for the purpose of safeguarding the peace and safety of residents of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation; now

WHEREAS, Methamphetamine has caused an increase in murder, suicides, assaults, burglary, vandalism, child abuse, child neglect among many other injustices, that the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council recognizes this epidemic and on the reservation which will not be tolerated to affect our families; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, any individuals 18 years of age or older who is convicted (in Tribal, State or Federal Courts) after the date of the enactment of this resolution for dealing, distributing, manufacturing or trafficking methamphetamine and/or any narcotic drug, including any substance containing opium, heroine, isonipecaine, amidone, isoamidone, ketobemidone, lysergic acid diethylamide, coca leaves, any opiate, or any substance, compound, or derivative of a controlled substance will be immediately excluded, dis-enrolled and/or banished for life from the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian reservation and all lands that the Tribe owns; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, this resolution cannot be modified or rescinded unless by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council.; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that nothing in this resolution diminishes, divests, alters, or otherwise affects any inherent, treaty, statutory, or other rights of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe over the property or activities described herein. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe expressly retains all rights and authority over the property and activities described herein, including but not limited to legislative, regulatory, adjudicatory, and taxing powers.

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