Recent shootings in Pine Ridge have led officials in Pine Ridge to increase their policing of drug crimes, according to KOTA TV News. On October 18, President John Yellow Bird Steele alongside Oglala Sioux Tribal Police Chief Mark Mesteth and Attorney General Tatewin Means announced new procedures for drug-related crimes. Police officers in Pine Ridge will make drug-related calls a priority. An anonymous tip line has also been established by the tribe.
Two shooting occurred recently in Pine Ridge; Chunta Suta Wi Colhoff was shot and killed on September 29 and Vincent Brewer III was also shot and killed just outside of Pine Ridge village on October 16. The Department of Justice believes the shootings may be related and has launched an investigation.
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