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Fort Belknap relinquishes jail to Bureau of Indian Affairs


September 26, 2017

GREAT FALLS (AP) — The Fort Belknap Indian Community of Fort Belknap Indian Reservation returned control of a jail to the Bureau of Indian Affairs after tribal officials say they couldn’t afford to operate it.

The federal agency took control of the detention facility on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation last week after tribal officials reached out to the bureau for assistance.

Fort Belknap Tribal President Mark Azure said the move wasn’t something either party wanted, but there wasn’t enough funding for the facility.

The 11 permanent and temporary jail employees lost their jobs...

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