Criminal issues in Indian country

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs again addressed issues of crime on reservations.  The chair, Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., stated that federal law has made jurisdiction in Indian country “confusing and complex.”  He added that the violent crime rates are increasing on reservations and “is a national disgrace” and the federal response has been “shameful.”  For example, testimony by the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation tribal chair, Marcus Wells, described that the BIA police office on his reservation operates with about 20% of the staff necessary to cover an area the size of his reservation. 

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