January 30th, 2010
The Coeur d’Alene Tribe in Idaho has proposed legislation to give tribal police the authority to arrest or cite non-tribal citizens and send them to state court.
Backers say the State and Indian Tribal Cooperative Law Enforcement Act would close a loophole that allows suspects to avoid justice on reservations.
If approved tribal officers would be able to arrest non-tribal citizmns in Benewah County inside the Coeur d’Alene Reservation.
The tribe has not had that authority since a cross-deputization agreement between the tribe and the county ended in 2006.
Opponents in Benewah County say the proposed legislation is unconstitutional.