There is a serious problem with too much crime in Indian country.
I have blogged on this subject several times already and the Obama administration and the Congress has paid closer attention to this issue in thepast several years.
But, these kinds of statistics demonstrate that the jurisdictional nightmare of criminal jurisdiction between tribal governments, and states and the federal government contribute mightily to this crisis.
The U.S. Department of Justice has just announced that federal prosecutors declined 47% of Indian Country cases in fiscal year 2009.
Of those cases, about 12% were declined due to lack of federal jurisdiction or because no felony was committed. The reasons for the remainder were not disclosed.
The Obama administration supports a bill that would require federal prosecutors to provide regular data about the cases they decline. The Tribal Law and Order Act has yet to pass the Senate or the House, however.
Obama to boost funds, staffing to improve justice on Indian reservations (The Denver Post 4/14)