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Crow officials unable to account for $150K grant to combat meth, report says

Crow officials unable to account for $150K grant to combat meth, report says

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Officials with the Crow Tribe are unable to account for $150,000 it received in a federal grant intended to combat meth addiction on the reservation, according to a report issued by federal investigators last week.

The money was spent during fiscal years 2015 and 2016, investigators with Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General wrote in the report, but the tribe was unable to provide invoices and other documentation during a subsequent audit.

The funding was to allow the tribe to administer the BIA’s meth program on the reservation, called the Uniting Apsaalooke Families Program. The program works with the BIA Social Services Department and works to raise awareness about meth and substance abuse education and provide treatment referrals.

Investigators were unable to perform the audit for the two years ending Sept. 30, 2016, the report states, after four requests failed to yield supporting documents to justify the money claimed by the tribe.

The report’s authors recommend the BIA either obtain receipts for the money or recover it from the tribe.

Crow Chairman Alvin “A.J.” Not Afraid did not respond to a phone message last week. His spokesman, Jared Stewart, said he was unable to immediately provide any information on the agency's report.

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