Blackfeet Nation resumes authority for law enforcement service
The Blackfeet Nation of Montana resumed control of law enforcement services on the reservation.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs took over the tribe's services in 2003 due to concerns about training, management and political interference. The tribe has been working to correct the shortcomings ever since.

"Getting the program back under the Blackfeet Tribe is in the best interest of the Blackfeet people," Henry Devereaux, the director of the new Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services, told The Great Falls Tribune. "It has to grow into a good department and not repeat the mistakes of the past."

The tribe will have about 15 officers on the ground.

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