KALISPELL — Six people who were arrested during a protest against the Blackfeet tribal government are charged with assault and other disorderly conduct charges.
Attorney Roberta Cross Guns said the six pleaded not guilty in tribal court on Friday.
Members of a group calling itself Blackfeet Against Corruption were arrested Tuesday as they protested outside tribal headquarters in Browning to demand that Chairman Willie Sharp Jr. obey an Aug. 25 ruling by a traditional customs court that said an interim tribal council should be named until a new election could be held.
Sharp argued the customs court has no legal authority over the tribal council.
The protest came after a year of political unrest on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Last summer, members of the ruling council suspended five other councilors and dozens of tribal employees.