Do Native Americans Get Harsher Penalties?
Remember the song, “I Fought the Law” by The Bobby Fuller Four, and later, by The Clash? Turns out the law wins even more frequently if you’re a Native American.fought_law_law_won-300x300
A former federal prosecutor and state judge have said that American Indians get harsher penalties than other defendants convicted of similar crimes.
Samuel Winder, a member of the Southern Ute tribe, points toward the Major Crimes Act of 1885 as the main culprit for the disparity. Congress passed the act after a dispute arose over jurisdiction over crimes committed on Indian land.