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SiJohn Tabbed As New Tribe Top Cop

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe recently named Cody SiJohn as the new Chief of Police for the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police Department. Since 2007, SiJohn, an enrolled member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, has served as a Training Sergeant for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) United States Indian Police Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Artesia, New Mexico. While working for the BIA, SiJohn received training and instructor certifications in Law Enforcement Instruction, Use of Force Instructor, Driving Instructor, Firearms Instructor and Less Than Lethal Ammunition Instructor and Backcountry Tactics and Tracking Instructor.  From 2008 to 2009, SiJohn was detailed to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, instructing newly hired Federal Officers assigned to U.S. Border Patrol, Federal Air Marshals, U.S. Fish & Wildlife and U.S. Park Police/Coeur d'Alene Tribe news release. More here.

MikeK: Teaching Kids To Respect Tribe

Mike Kennedy (re: “Marc: Tribe police have other options”): If the good people of Benewah County want to cast their lot with the likes of Dick Harwood and Larry Spencer, they are free to do so and theoretically I do wish them the best. But I know that decision won’t end well for them. It never does. I, for one, will continue to engage with and work with the people of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, who have after generations of abuse and scorn, pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and built a real future in a tough and unforgiving terrain. My kids are being raised with a respect and appreciation for the legacy of hundreds of years of history of North Idaho. History of their grandparents who raised a family as loggers and history of the Coeur d’Alenes who were the original owners of all of this land we love so much. Mike's entire comment here.

Question: Do you teach your children to respect the tribes in your areas of the Inland Northwest?

Tribe Police Bill Back Before Solons

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is back before Idaho lawmakers this year, after Benewah County reneged on a deal last spring that prompted the tribe to drop legislation on policing that lawmakers were on the verge of passing. “Obviously we were extremely disappointed,” said Helo Hancock, legislative director for the tribe. “We felt like we'd been deceived in a lot of ways, that it was just an act to get out of getting a law passed.” This time, the tribe has dropped proposals calling for a six-month window to reach a collaborative cross-deputization agreement with a county, and just written a bill modeled after other states' laws clarifying that tribal police with all required training and legal indemnification can enforce state laws/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Can the Benewah County commissioners, prosecutor, and sheriff be counted on again to negotiate in good faith with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe on this matter?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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