Chairman Alvin "A.J." Not Afraid, Jr., second from left, in seen talking to citizens of the Crow Tribe in July 2017. Photo: Crow Tribe of Indians
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Crow Tribe weighs stronger response after site of triple homicide burns to ground





Leaders of the Crow Tribe continue to look for ways to address violent crime after a shooting left three citizens dead and two others injured.

The Crow Legislature has declared a state of emergency and Chairman Alvin "A.J." Not Afraid, Jr. has even talked to Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) about bringing in the National Guard, The Billings Gazette reported. He and other leaders have blamed the shootings on methamphetamine abuse and gang activity on the Crow Reservation, where few officers are on the ground to address public safety issues.

“It’s getting to the point where it’s getting out of control. They’ve got guns, they steal from their family to get money,” Crow Sen. Tyson GrosVentre said at a town hall on Tuesday, the second such event in two days, The Gazette reported.

Despite an 9pm emregency curfew imposed after the August 4 shooting, the home where the incident took place burned to the ground, according to news reports. The fire started late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, the Associated Press said.

According to news reports, Nehemiah Brokenrope, 30; Leslie Frank Nomee Jr., 27; and his wife, Denise Stewart Nomee, 25, were killed after they entered the home, which was located in Lodge Grass. Two others were injured and one remains hospitalized, The Gazette reported.

Read More on the Story:
Crow Tribal members press for more law enforcement after drug-related triple homicide (The Billings Gazette August 9, 2017)
Lodge Grass triple murder scene destroyed by fire (MTN News August 8, 2017)
Fire engulfs house where 3 killed on Crow Indian reservation (AP August 8, 2017)

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