Robin Kay Miller spent 20 years working as a city correction officer, locked away in a seedy world of rampant sex, drug abuse and back-stabbing. And that was just the guards.
Drug users are selling their babies, daughters and sisters for the potent stimulant that is ravaging Native American communities such as the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes living on the desolate plains of Fort Peck, say community leaders, experts and federal authorities. We have teenagers and young girls giving away sexual favors for drugs.
But it is a crime, poorly documented and fuelled by drug abuse, plaguing Indian reservations across the United States. The rate of meth use among American Indians is the highest of any ethnicity in the country and more than twice as high as any other group, according to the National Congress of American Indians.
The number of drug cases on Indian lands nationwide rose seven-fold from toand crime rates on some reservations are five times higher than national averages, according to a federal Drug Enforcement Administration report. On Fort Peck, a reservation of some 10, people, six newborn babies tested positive for meth in just two weeks in April and were taken to a hospital miles away, said Howard Bemer, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Superintendent for Fort Peck.
Meth use and other crime exploded with the tapping of reserves in the Bakken oil fields to the east and south of the reservation in the last decade. The boom brought tens of thousands of workers, flush with cash, to the region.
With the drop in world oil prices, many of those workers are gone but the crime has not, said Melina Healey, a trafficking expert at the Child Law Policy and Legislation Clinic at Loyola University Chicago.
The drug trade helps incite sex trafficking, as people exchange themselves, family members or friends to get high, she said. It is much easier to get them to do things that they never would have done if they weren't addicted," she said at a recent anti-trafficking conference in Poplar, the reservation's tribal headquarters.
Drug debt is a forceful driver of trafficking, and dealers threaten users to pay up by any means, said Sgt.
Grant Snyder, a trafficking investigator with the Minneapolis Police Department. A trafficker can be an aunt or an uncle or it can be a boyfriend or another friend. Victims may fear the community and authorities won't believe them and will instead defend the trafficker, said an Indian Health Service social worker who did not want to be identified.
On the bleak, windswept reservation along the Missouri River just 20 miles from the Canadian border, more than half the children live in poverty and jobs are scarce. Most people work in ranching, mining and farming, but one in three is unemployed.
The largest communities are Wolf Point and Poplar, rundown hamlets that are little more than crossroads with a smattering of stores, gas stations, bars and fewer than 4, residents between them. Outside of town, dirt roads link the weathered houses and tumble-down trailers that dot the seemingly boundless grasslands.
Demand for foster care for children removed from homes due to substance abuse is showing a sharp increase, said Courage Crawford, a program director at the Spotted Bull Recovery Resource Center in Poplar which offers rehabilitation programs. Last month, the reservation was mourning the death by beating of a month-old girl.
A woman responsible for caring for her, while the child's mother was in jail, has pleaded not guilty to murder. A memorial service program showed a photograph of the smiling chubby-cheeked girl with shining eyes and a flowered headband.
Also this year, a Wolf Point man was accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl grabbed at a local playground.
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