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Request to place man in tribal isolation rejected

A federal judge in Montana rejected the Northern Cheyenne Tribe's request to have a tribal member placed in isolation for selling marijuana to minors.

Family wanted Gaylon Lame Woman turned over to the tribe's court. Tribal officials said he would live in a wilderness area and not be allowed human contact except for visits by elders, modern conveniences or running water.

Instead U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom sentenced Lame Woman to five years in prison. He rejected the tribal request on procedural grounds, saying it was filed too late. The family is considering an appeal.

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Judge rejects bid to use tribal justice (The Billings Gazette 5/27)