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Regarding the Dec. 3 article about Lake County's need for a new jail, the following information is provided to clarify the comments made by County Commissioner Dave Stipe, who asserted that Lake County was solely bearing the costs of legal jurisdiction ("one horse pulling a four-horse wagon").

In FY 2013 the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes managed law enforcement and criminal justice system operations for a total of $2.4 million federal funds and just under $1.6 million of tribal funds. These dollars provided law enforcement, detention, prosecution, criminal defense, civil advocacy, court disposition, probation and juvenile detention for misdemeanor criminal and civil jurisdiction of the Indian population on the Flathead Reservation.

A total of 2,650 total offenses were responded to by tribal law enforcement for misdemeanor criminal and traffic offenses (these are offenses only; the total calls responded to are not included). A total of 5,171 court cases were disposed. A total of $153,645.18 was received for court fees and fines.

In FY 2017 the tribes expended the same amount of federal funds and tribal funds for law enforcement and judicial system operations. Statistics for offenses and court cases are not available.

Who's all pulling the wagon?

Ruth Swaney,

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