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Crow Creek Tribe, Highway Patrol To Cooperate On Joint Enforcement Operation For Pow Wow

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

Contact: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 773-6196


Crow Creek Tribe, Highway Patrol To Cooperate

On Joint Enforcement Operation For Pow Wow


FORT THOMPSON, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe are joining together to provide enforcement during this weekend’s Crow Creek Dakota Nation pow wow. 


Highway Patrol troopers involved in the operation will be sworn in on Thursday, Aug.  16, after a training and orientation program. The Highway Patrol was invited by the tribe to work with tribal officers to enforce tribal laws during the pow wow.  


“This is a chance for the tribe and Highway Patrol to work together,” says Tribal Council members. “Our goal is to make sure everybody has a safe and enjoyable experience at the pow wow. The Highway Patrol helps us do that.”


State troopers, some with drug detection dogs, assist tribal police during the weekend pow wow. The troopers coordinate their part of the operation with Scott Shields, police chief for the BIA Crow Creek Agency. The tribe and the state signed a memorandum of understanding for the operation.


“The troopers who are involved in this enforcement operation volunteer for the assignment and they take pride in working as a team with Crow Creek agencies,” says Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the Highway Patrol. “Troopers also get the chance to participate in the pow wow and learn more about the history, culture and traditions of the Crow Creek people.  We learn from each other.” 


This weekend’s pow wow begins Friday and runs through Sunday in Crow Creek.


The South Dakota Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.