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Associated Press, Published March 24 2013

North Dakota tribe launches war on illegal drugs

NEW TOWN, N.D. — The Three Affiliated Tribes in western North Dakota is spending $1 million on an effort to battle what it calls an illegal drug epidemic.

The Minot Daily News reports that the tribe recently created a drug task force that meets monthly, and a three-day conference on fighting substance abuse was held this past week at the 4 Bears Casino and Lodge.

Tribal Chairman Tex Hall says drugs and alcohol are not part of the culture, and the tribe has created “a war on drugs.”