Chairman Alvin "A.J." Not Afraid, Jr. of the Crow Tribe. Photo: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Chairman of Crow Tribe avoids arrest in dispute with judicial branch

Alvin “A.J.” Not Afraid, the chairman of the Crow Tribe, no longer has to worry about being arrested.

Not Afraid was hit with an arrest warrant last week as part of a dispute with the judicial branch of the Montana-based tribe. But it was vacated on Friday after the executive branch complied with a court order, The Billings Gazette reported.

The court order required Not Afraid's office to release more than $86,000 to the judicial branch. Since the chairman "complied or substantially complied" with it, the paper reported, quoting from a tribal court document, he is no longer in danger of being arrested.

According to The Gazette, the $86,000 includes more then $34,000 in unpaid wages for 15 judicial branch employees. They went without pay for multiple pay periods, the paper reported.

The problem appears to be widespread within the tribal government. In July, the Crow Nation Legislative Branch approved the expenditure of $300,000 in order to compensate employees who "worked without pay for numerous pay periods."

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Crow Tribal Court dismisses warrant for chairman A.J. Not Afraid (The Billings Gazette September 7, 2018)

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