FBI, This Week: FBI Director Gets Bird's-Eye View of Fort Berthold


June 9, 2016

The FBI continues to provide additional resources to more than 200 Indian reservations across the country.


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Mollie Halpern: The FBI continues to provide additional resources to more than 200 Indian reservations across the country.

FBI Director James Comey recently received an aerial tour of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

Over the sounds of a Blackhawk helicopter, Director Comey and Tribal Chairman Mark Fox discussed the criminal activities on the reservation resulting from the production of crude oil in the area.

Chairman Fox represents the three affiliated tribes who live in Fort Berthold.

Mark Fox: We struggle with the advent of crime and the increase of crime, especially in the last seven or eight years here on Fort Berthold. And it’s gotten to a point where we’re getting actually a little bit desperate. There’s a need for cooperation with the federal government, state government, and ourselves to combat the situation of excess crime in Fort Berthold that is literally killing our people and tearing our people apart.

Halpern: Director Comey is keen on reinvigorating a Safe Trails Task Force in the area.

Director James Comey: We have 15 others around the country, there really ought to be one in this area given the demand, given the number of people who are suffering, especially given the drug plague. We’ve got to push hard to see if we can't get that done.

Halpern: With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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