Montana tribe deflects blame for misuse of water money

Montana tribe deflects blame for misuse of water money

News Type: State, Federal Source: Missoulian
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Crow Indian leaders blamed U.S. officials for “gross mismanagement” of tribal money after investigators said the Montana tribe misused or couldn’t account for almost $13 million intended for water system improvements.

Crow Chairman Alvin “A.J.” Not Afraid said in a Thursday night statement that he was working to change a system that allows federal and tribal officials to “squander” the tribe’s money.

“Program by program we are cleaning up decades of mismanagement between these governments,” Not Afraid said. “I welcome the truth, though it is sometimes difficult for us to hear.”