Monday, August 20, 2007

As FBI Deals With Terror, Crime Up On Indian Lands

Source: Crime and Justice News, August 20, 2007.

"Drug prosecutions are down at Indian reservations around the U.S. as the FBI emphasizes antiterror work, says the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The result: A drug epidemic and related crime wave are plaguing Indian communities. White House cuts to the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration have been disastrous for tribes because the bureau in Indian Country acts like a local police department, making the felony arrests. Tribal police don't have legal authority to arrest non-Indians or charge anyone with felonies. The maximum term in reservation jails is one year."

. Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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