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Officials Look To Close Law Enforcement Loophole On The Wind River Reservation


November 6, 2019

State lawmakers and police are looking for new solutions to a loophole that has long allowed non-Native people some degree of immunity from law enforcement on the Wind River Reservation.

The Wind River Police Department is run by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), meaning it only has the authority to arrest Native offenders, and to issue citations into tribal or federal court. But the Wind River Tribal Court only has jurisdiction over tribal citizens, and federal courts do not prosecute crimes like driving under the influence and other traffic offenses.


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