Tribes in pilot program seeing successful handling of domestic violence cases


Last updated 5/21/2018 at 2:12pm

Charles McConnell - Cronkite News

Pascua Yaqui Chief Prosecutor Oscar Flores, shown in a 2015 file photo, praised the law that lets the tribe prosecute non-Natives for domestic violence, saying it has helped tribal law enforcement begin "the process of reviving trust in our community because we can do something" to help victims.

WASHINGTON, D.C.-A five-year-old law that let Native American tribes prosecute non-Natives in domestic violence cases "has fundamentally changed the landscape of tribal criminal jurisdiction in the modern era," according to a new report.

The study released last week by the National Congress of American Indians said 18 tribes took part in a pilot program, including the Pascua Yaqui of Arizona. Of those tribes, 10 made a total of 143 arrests that led to 74 convictions of non-Natives who had been outside the jurisdiction of the tribal justice system before the new law.

That change was part of...

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