Jemez Pueblo faces questions over traffic tickets to non-Indians
New Mexico's chief of police is threatening to withdraw law enforcement commissions to Jemez Pueblo after learning that the tribe has been ticketing non-Indians for traffic citations.
The commissions allow police department on the reservation to cite non-Indian motorists in tribal court. The traffic tickets generated about $500,000 in the past year, The Albuquerque Journal reported.
At the same time, the paper said the tribe received $6,000 in state funds as part of a program that does not allow citations of non-Indians. New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas might take action as a result.