Law gives tribes new authority over non-Indians - FOX 35 News Orlando

Law gives tribes new authority over non-Indians

Posted: Updated:

By FELICIA FONSECA
Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Tribal courts will have the authority to prosecute non-Indians in domestic violence cases under a bill signed into law Thursday by President Barack Obama.

The measure is seen as a huge step forward by many who live on reservations and decry the high rates of domestic violence with no prosecution there. But some say it could take years to make a difference.

Indian women suffer incidents of domestic violence at rates more than double the national averages.

The new law gives Indian courts the ability to prosecute non-Indians for a set of crimes limited to domestic violence and violations of protecting orders. Tribal officials say its implementation will be slow as tribes amend their legal codes and ensure defendants receive the same rights offered in state and federal courts.

Related stories:

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press modified.

Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices