Former Blackfeet Tribal operations manager suspected of stealing tribal COVID-19 relief funding arraigned on charges
GREAT FALLS — A Cut Bank woman today admitted to charges stemming from the death of a passenger and the injury of another individual when the vehicle she was driving crashed head on into another vehicle in East Glacier, on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.
Feather Lynn Stillsmoking, 32, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Stillsmoking faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. The court will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Sentencing was set for May 11, 2023. Stillsmoking was detained pending sentencing.
In court documents, the government alleged that on March 12, Stillsmoking was driving a 2003 Oldsmobile west on US 2 into East Glacier at a high rate of speed when the vehicle crossed the centerline and collided head on with an eastbound Nissan. A passenger, identified as John Doe, who was in the Oldsmobile, died at the scene of blunt force injuries. Another individual, identified as Jane Doe, who was the driver of the Nissan, suffered serious injuries. An analysis of Stillsmoking’s blood found alcohol, amphetamine and methamphetamine. Stillsmoking told investigators that she drank a fifth of vodka prior to the crash. Investigators determined that the Oldsmobile was traveling at 102 mph five seconds before impact. The speed limit at the crash location is a 25-mph restricted speed zone.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI, Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services, Glacier County Sheriff’s Office and Montana Highway Patrol.
Clair Johnson Howard
Public Affairs Officer