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State finds bias against deputies


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An investigator for the state Human Rights Bureau found reasonable cause that five Glacier County sheriff's deputies who are Caucasian were discriminated against when the county and the Blackfeet Tribe signed a cross-deputization agreement. A report by bureau investigator Ilka Becker said under the agreement, the Tribe commissioned Native American deputies who lived on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, a Caucasian deputy married to a Native American and a black deputy to be Tribal officers, but not the other white deputies. An initial agreement was reached last July for deputies to help tri...

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