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Youth gang activity on the rise in Indian Country


Youth gang activity is on the rise in Indian Country, law enforcement officials and experts say.

Christopher Grant, a retired commander of the gang task force in the Rapid City, South Dakota, area, says gangs have most affected the Midwest, Northwest and Southwest. Activity in the Northeast, Southeast and Oklahoma is on the rise, he said.

Sgt. Dwaine Miller of the police department in Anadarko, Oklahoma, has identified 10 to 20 gang groups, with most criminal activity coming from the Blood gang. Out of five homicides in the last 18 months, three are gang-related, he said.

Kevin Pohawpatchoko, a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer, said gang activity in Anadarko is at its highest during the American Indian Exposition in August. He also said some students at the Riverside Indian School come from other reservations where gang activity is prevalent.

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