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Reservation crime goes unpunished


Laws are different for crimes on native territories and different from the legal systems of the states, NE students learned Nov. 24 as part of Native American Heritage Month.

Government professor Lisa Uhlir discussed crimes that tend to occur on Native American reservations and said officials often lack technology to solve them. People who commit crimes on reservations can sometimes only get a three-year maximum sentence.

“You see a lot of people cooking methamphetamine within the reservation and not get a maximum sentence compared to the U.S. justice system,” she said.


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