HELENA, Mont. -

Federal officials have found the Blackfeet tribe's court system is a mess, and they are threatening to cut off funding until the problems are fixed.
    
A U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs review sent to tribal officials Wednesday says one side of a split Blackfeet Tribal Business Council wields significant influence over court activities, resulting in due process and possible civil rights violations.
    
Among the problems, the review found the tribal judicial system is rife with unqualified, untrained and unvetted judges, prosecutors and staff.
    
BIA Regional Director Darryl LaCounte says all federal contract funds will be withheld after July 1 until steps are taken to fix the 18 problems identified.
    
Blackfeet Chairman Willie Sharp Jr. said Wednesday the problems have long existed and he questioned the timing of the BIA report.