LAC DU FLAMBEAU, Wis. (WSAU) - You may remember Operation Pandora, the multi-agency effort made public late in June that is making it harder to traffic drugs on the Lac du Flambeau reservation. Along with the drug arrests, the tribe is using a form of punishment that has long been in their culture... banishment.
The Lac du Flambeau band started issuing orders last week for 58 people to leave the reservation for five years. All 58 were arrested in Operation Pandora on drug charges, and the tribe says they’re dealing with an epidemic, as drugs, alcohol, and other illegal activity have led to deaths and violence.
There have been over ten deaths related to alcohol, drugs and related issues in two years. Tribal officials say the 58 banished are not tribal members, but they warn everyone involved in gangs or drugs that they could be next, tribal member or not.