Tag Archives: Indian Country crime

NYTs Op/Ed: Lawlessness in Indian Country

Here. An excerpt: Violence and crime rage unchecked in Indian country, yet the federal government, the primary law enforcer on reservations, is investigating and prosecuting fewer violent felonies, and reducing financing for tribal courts and public-safety programs. That is a … Continue reading

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Important New Empirical Research on PL280’s Impact on Indian Reservation Crime and Economies

Valentina P. Dimitrova-Grajzl, Peter Grajzl, and A. Joseph Guse, have posted “Jurisdiction, Crime, and Development: The Impact of Public Law 280 in Indian Country” on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Public Law 280 transferred jurisdiction over criminal and civil matters … Continue reading

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NYTs: Indian Country Crime High, Prosecutions Low

Here. An excerpt: “One of the basic problems is that not only are they declining to prosecute cases, but we are not getting the reason or notification for the declination,” said Jerry Gardner of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute … Continue reading

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GAO Report on Tribal Justice Systems

Here is the report, and the highlights. The description: The Department of Justice (DOJ) reports from the latest available data that from 1992 to 2001 American Indians experienced violent crimes at more than twice the national rate. The Department of … Continue reading

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ACLU/Lewis & Clark Law School Panel on TLOA and Indian Women

The L&C Law School ACLU student group will be hosting the ACLU NW Civil Liberties Conference October 29-30, 2010 at Lewis & Clark Law School. One of the panels we have scheduled is “Access to Justice for Native American Women … Continue reading

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ABA Perspectives Article on Violence against Indian Women

From ABA: Crisis Situation for Native American Women in a Broken Legal System Fall 2009 By Cynthia L. Cooper Cynthia L. Cooper, an independent journalist in New York City, is a former practicing lawyer who writes frequently about justice topics. … Continue reading

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Briones v. U.S. Cert Petition

This involves crimes committed on and around the Gila River Indian Community, prosecuted under the Major Crimes Act. Here is the petition: Briones v US Cert Petition. It looks like a pair of interesting questions. There may be a decent … Continue reading

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Deputy AG Memorandum re: Indian Country Crime Initiative

Here, with text: This memorandum implements a critical component of the Attorney General’s initiative to improve public safety in tribal communities by setting forth new policy for U.S. Attorneys’ Offices (USAOs) with Indian Country jurisdiction, and by identifying as a … Continue reading

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News Profile of Barriers to Justice for Indian Women

From the Lincoln Journal Star: She needs to call 911. She needs police to arrest the drunken boyfriend who assaulted her. She needs to go to the hospital, because she might be pregnant and he might be HIV-positive. And she … Continue reading

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Ninth Circuit Rejects Equal Protection Challenge to Indian Country Criminal Sentencing

Though one judge did strongly criticize the sentence, for a separate reason. Here is the opinion in U.S. v. Lamere (unpublished), and a separate concurrence.

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