RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) A planned meeting of the Oglala Sioux Housing Authority took a turn Friday.
Tribal housing, public safety and child protective services officials met today in Rapid City with federal prosecutors and FBI agents to hash out an action plan for confronting the meth wave that is associated with violent crime.
There were 12 homicides on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 2016 — up from two in 2015. New tribal President Scott Weston says the time for action is now.
“This meeting is a start of a plan so that we can start fixing where we lack (solutions),” he said. “It’s just a big brainstorm. … No more talk. Let’s start doing. Let’s start working on what we need to work on and take care of our people.”
The meth epidemic is hitting all across South Dakota. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proposed new funding for addiction treatment in the budget he proposed to the Legislature.