Tribal Courts White Papers Released

A Broken Justice System: Examining the Impact of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 and Public Law 280 started as a new hire project by Sophia Helland’20. With directions from senior staff, she researched and wrote this paper that aims to examine how the Tribal Law and Order Act has been implemented in California and provide context for its successes and failures by gathering crime statistics for a select group of reservations to gauge whether there the Act has been successful at decreasing crime. The county sheriffs’ departments responsible for tribes with their own courts or police were contacted for statistics, as these tribes would be most affected by the Act. The paper was officially released in April 2018.

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