Posted: Oct 14, 2013 5:20 PM by Cody Proctor - MTN News
GREAT FALLS - The Blackfeet Tribal Council Chairman has asked Shannon Augare to step away from tribal business for the time being.
Blackfeet chairman Willie Sharp, Jr., wrote a letter to the Montana Senator and fellow council member last week saying he needs to take some time to get his legal matters figured out.
Augare appeared in federal court in July on charges of obstructing a peace officer, driving under the influence of alcohol, and reckless driving after a controversial traffic stop in May.
Augare pled not guilty.
Sharp also wrote he is speaking from his own position and perspective, and that this was not a personal attack, but rather a business matter.
In respect to your situation surrounding your current legal issue at hand, I feel that given the on going (sic) circumstances in the legal areas regarding your issue and the negative attention in has brought to our Nation, I am requesting that you respectfully step away from the Tribal Business that you are engaged in and at a point and time when your issue is resolved in the future, determine what avenue is to be taken then. The time away will allow you to be involved in your defense.
In July, several leaders in the Montana Senate asked Augare to step back from his legislative duties.