Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

18 arrested in operation to catch fugitives on Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation


BELCOURT, N.D.—Eighteen people were arrested Tuesday as part of Operation Northern Lights at the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

Tribal lands "are often viewed as a safe haven by individuals" wanted on federal, state or local warrants because state authorities can only arrest non-enrolled members on a reservation, and not all tribal governments have extradition laws in place.

This is the second operation the U.S. Marshals Service's High Plains Fugitive Task Force and the Bureau of Indian Affairs conducted to "(improve) public safety within Indian Country," a news release states. The first resulted in 22 arrests at Spirit Lake Indian Reservation on Dec. 9.


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