Tribes now free to prosecute non-Indians for certain crimes


American Indian tribes that meet certain criteria now have the authority to prosecute non-Indians for a limited set of domestic violence crimes, a shift supporters hope will reduce the high rate of violence on reservations.

Three tribes in Arizona, Oregon and Washington state have exercised that power for more than a year under a pilot project approved by the U.S. Department of Justice. Together, the tribes have brought more than two dozen domestic violence cases against non-Indians who live or work on their reservations, according to the National Congress of American Indians...

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Associated Press. "Tribes now free to prosecute non-Indians for certain crimes." Missoulian. March 9, 2015. Article. (, accessed March 23, 2015)