tribal courts en Showing Up To Federal Court Can Be A Hardship For Wind River Residents <p>Accessing federal courts for Native Americans living on Wind River Reservation can be a hardship for those forced to use federal judicial services.</p><p>Native American offenders and victims of major crimes that occur in Indian Country go through the federal court system, yet for Wind River residents showing up to court can mean a 600-mile roundtrip. That’s because trials are held primarily at the federal court houses in Casper and Cheyenne.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 02:29:49 +0000 Irina Zhorov 53491 at Showing Up To Federal Court Can Be A Hardship For Wind River Residents Wind River Tribes might head back to court over mineral mismanagement <p><a href=";MEDIA_ID=999897&amp;MEDIA_EXTENSION=mp3&amp;MODULE=openspaces "><strong>Listen to the Story</strong></a></p><p>In the class action lawsuit Cobell vs. Salazar, plaintiff Elouise Cobell accused the Federal Government of mismanaging nearly 150-billion dollars in royalties owed to Indian landowners due to the loss and destruction of records. The government agreed to a $3.4 billion dollar settlement – and government data estimates there are up to 8,000 possible beneficiaries here in Wyoming.</p> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 00:02:04 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 18087 at 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