County holds hearings on Blackfeet police pact

Commissioners in Glacier County, Montana, held two public hearings on a law enforcement agreement with the Blackfeet Nation.

A temporary deal was signed in August. But concerns over the lack of public notice prompted the county withdraw and seek input from residents.

The county is now moving to sign the agreement again. There appear to have been few objections at the hearings, The Great Falls Tribune reported.

The agreement, hailed as historic, allows tribal officers to enforce state law against non-Indians and county deputies to enforce tribal law on the reservation.

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