Man allegedly threatens tribal council members

NEW TOWN A New Town man was questioned and then released by Three Affiliated Tribes Police after he allegedly threatened Three Affiliated Tribes’ business council representatives and other tribal department heads on social media last week.

Tribal Police have turned over the information to the tribal prosecutor to determine if any charges will be filed.

“We do not take any threat lightly. We are concerned about all of our tribal employees,” said Dennis Fox, CEO of the Three Affiliated Tribes. “Even though the alert now has expired, we are prepared for any possible threat to our council and our other enrolled members.”

As a result of the man’s alleged threats, tribal officials had issued a high security alert for employees in the Tribal Administration building west of New Town on July 2. The building was locked down and security members and tribal police checked those who entered the building.

The alert was in effect through the Fourth of July weekend for members of the tribal business council.

The high alert was lifted on July 4 but an alert remained throughout the weekend.

The man, who was not identified, allegedly was responding to comments on a Facebook page about pay raises that the tribal business council had approved at a special budget meeting held in June. According to the Facebook page posting, the council had approved raises that boosted pay to $85 an hour for the chairman and $80 an hour for the council representatives, and also raises ranging from $77 to $36 an hour for several department heads.