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Feds Giving Tribe Police More Power

Law enforcement is being hampered in Indian Country by what federal authorities describe as jurisdictional gaps. So they’re working with three Idaho tribes, including the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, to federalize tribal police, giving officers the authority to issue citations to non-Indians on the reservation for some minor offenses - with the backing of federal courts. Once the lengthy process is completed – likely in time for next summer’s boating season – non-tribal members who violate boating laws on the southern third of Lake Coeur d’Alene could be issued federal citations by tribal officers. The southern third of the lake belongs to the tribe; the U.S. Supreme Court decided that in 2001/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. (SR photo/Colin Mulvany: Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police Officer John Dressler hands Renae Stentz the paperwork after her boat passed a safety inspection on Aug. 26 at Mowry State Park on Lake Coeur d’Alene.)

Question: Do you support federalization of tribal police on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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