Her body was recovered in 2018 from a truck submerged in Lake Sakakawea on the Fort Berthold Reservation.

“County, tribe, point out, Freeway Patrol, the feds, they (ended up) all seeking for her,” Davis said. “When it will come to lacking (person) scenarios, you can not do it on your own.” 

MHA Country Chairman Mark Fox said the pending arrangement will improve responsiveness and manpower across Fort Berthold, which straddles 5 counties more than a big spot of western North Dakota. The A few Affiliated Tribes already has a similar pact with McLean County, he mentioned.

Pandemic led to 'hell for many of us' on Fort Berthold, tribal chairman says

“We may have a single cop on duty in White Protect and they get a simply call in Mandaree or New Town, 60-70 miles away — now you could have one more unexpected emergency pop up just as soon as they get there, again in White Shield. Then you can have McLean County (officers) who are there in that area arrive and deal with and make sure individuals are harmless,” Fox stated.

Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Mike Religion said the many jurisdictions involving the reservation that straddles North Dakota and South Dakota can be “a nightmare.”

He said a tribal law enforcement settlement “could be helpful.” The Highway Patrol already helps with crash reconstructions on the reservation.

“Just crossing the t’s, dotting the i’s as considerably as any (arrangement) that we can work with I believe is a blessing due to the fact of the uncertainty of what (an officer is) likely into,” Faith stated.