Washington State Bill Could Dismantle State Jurisdiction Over American Indian Tribes

Washington State Bill Could Dismantle State Jurisdiction Over American Indian Tribes

ICTMN Staff
2/29/12

According to the Associated Press, a bill, HB 2233, was recently passed by the Washington state Senate by a vote of 42-6. The bill appears to dismantle state jurisdiction over American Indian tribes.

The state assumed jurisdiction in 1963 in matters along the lines of juvenile delinquency, truancy, mental illness and adoption proceedings. With this bill a tribe can ask the state to return jurisdiction over criminal and civil matters to the tribes.

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pateechum
Submitted by pateechum on
This is good if its done for the right reasons and not somebodys way of beaten state and federal charges, to keep it in tribal court for a slap on the hand.

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redwolf48
Submitted by redwolf48 on
Any incident of extinguishing state jurisdiction and re-establishing tribal jurisdiction is a positive. PL-280 was a travesty at its inception and whenever it is diminished in any way is a gain. Tribal sovereignty is a long recognized right, not a discretionary privilege doled out, or withheld, at the whim of the US government.
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