- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

POPLAR, Mont. (AP) - A reservation in Montana has shot down a proposed law that would have created harsher penalties for possession of methamphetamine.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2a62wlk ) that Fort Peck Tribal Chairman Floyd Azure blamed methamphetamine after a 13-month-old girl was found dead in a Poplar dumpster and a 4-year-old was abducted in Wolf Point.

Unlike governments outside of the reservation, the tribe has a flexible justice system and can change laws swiftly.

The Sioux and Assiniboine tribes on the reservation declared a war on meth, but some residents and tribal council members thought the proposed penalties were too harsh.

Tribal executive board member Roxanne Gourneau says the tribe has the authority to take action, but people can be persuaded to vote in certain ways because of relatives who use drugs.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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