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Blackfeet Nation replaces chairman after arrests at his home

The Blackfeet Nation’s tribal council Thursday voted to remove Chairman Timothy Davis from office. Blackfeet law enforcement recently arrested nine people at his home, including members of his family, on drug-related charges.

The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council unanimously voted to unseat Davis.

In a text to MTPR, Davis said, "It was unanimous including my vote for relinquishment based on the arrests of my adult children four who are still incarcerated."

The FBI along with tribal law enforcement last week arrested nine people at Davis’ home on charges for the sale of fentanyl and methamphetamine. Drug possession and child endangerment charges were also filed. All who were arrested pleaded not guilty. Davis was not home at the time and does not face any charges.

The council voted to select Iliff Kipp Sr. to replace Davis as chairman. Kipp said in a statement, "The Blackfeet Nation will continue to move forward in a positive way for all Blackfeet people."

The tribe’s declaration states there were 17 opioid overdoses and four deaths on the Blackfeet Reservation in just a week’s time.

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.
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