Lodge Grass on Crow Indian Reservation
Published August 6, 2017
CROW INDIAN RESERVATION – Speaking from near the location where three people were killed and two others injured on Friday afternoon, Crow Nation Chairman Alvin “A.J.” Not Afraid, Jr. told reporters on Saturday night the tragic incident was related to methamphetamine usage on the Crow Indian Reservation.
“I want to offer my condolences to the family and friends of those involved. I ask all Crow Members, and all Montanans, to pray for those of us affected by this tragedy as we mourn the loss of life,” Chairman Not Afraid stated.
Crow Nation Tribal Chairman Alvin “A.J.” Not Afraid, Jr.
The drug-related incident took place at a home in Lodge Grass on the Crow Indian Reservation on Friday afternoon about 4:00 p.m. – MDT. As of Saturday afternoon, there have been no arrests in the killings, according to FBI spokeswoman Sandra Barker. She stated the investigation is ongoing.
Not Afraid said there is a lack of adequate law enforcement on the Crow Indian Reservation.
“Since 2015 I have observed the lack of law enforcement and emergency health services in the 6 communities throughout the crow Indian reservation.” commented Not Afraid. “The shortage of law enforcement and emergency health services are more prevalent today. Currently the local BIA Law Enforcement has half the workforce positions vacant. Due to these unoccupied positions it puts a heavy burden on the current Law Enforcement working hard to ensure public safety in these communities.”
While he did not identify the victims by name, Chairman Not Afraid said the tragedy impacted the following families: Blaine, White, Nomee, Hunts the Arrow, Stewart, Morning, Hoops, Falls Down, Takes the Horse and Not Afraid.
The names of the victims are expected to be released on Sunday.
On Friday, an emergency curfew was implemented by the Crow Tribe Executive Branch for the entirety of the Crow Indian Reservation, its residents and any vehicles driving through. The emergency curfew remained in effect on Saturday and may be extended beyond Sunday.