Stand Against Violence and Empower Native Women en Tribes could regain authority to prosecute non-natives <p>On October 31 U.S. Senator and Indian Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel K. Akaka proposed legislation that would give tribal courts jurisdiction over non-Indians who committed crimes on tribal lands.</p><p>The authority to prosecute non-Natives in tribal courts was stripped in a 1978 Supreme Court ruling. Supporters of Senator Akaka’s bill say that the 1978 ruling led to an increase in violence on reservations and has resulted in unprosecuted and unpunished offenders.</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 16:07:39 +0000 Irina Zhorov 15188 at