Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Blackfeet council releases names from drug charge arrests

The St. Mary entrance to Glacier National Park, which borders the Blackfeet Nation, remained closed during the summer of 2020 as Blackfeet officials implemented strict measures in an effort to keep COVID-19 off the reservation.
Aaron Bolton

The Blackfeet Tribal Court has released the names of the nine people who were recently arrested on drug charges at the home of the Blackfeet Nation tribal chairman. The arrests came after the Blackfeet Nation declared a state of emergency following a series of fentanyl overdoses and deaths.

The Blackfeet Tribal Court’s chief justice initially sealed the case following the arrests last week. The court and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Blackfeet tribe, Josh Lamson, unsealed the case, releasing the names of the nine individuals arrested at the home of Blackfeet Tribal Business Council Chairman Timothy Davis. Six of those arrested share the Davis last name.

Charges range from criminal sale and possession of dangerous drugs to child endangerment.

Chairman Davis was not home when law enforcement searched his residence and has not been arrested. In a text message to MTPR, he said, “This terrible miscarriage of justice is a sham and was fake news and a political witch-hunt against me and my family.”

All eight who were charged pleaded not guilty. A pre-trial date has been set for later this month.

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
Become a sustaining member for as low as $5/month
Make an annual or one-time donation to support MTPR
Pay an existing pledge or update your payment information
Related Content