MISSION, OR - An American Indian Tribe from Oregon is one of three tribes in the west who can soon exercise the authority to prosecute non-Indians for a limited set of crimes.
U.S. justice officials announced Thursday the Confederation Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has met requirements to implement provisions of the law early.
Tribes lack criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians on their reservations under a 1978 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. But the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act allows tribes to bring cases against non-Indians for domestic violence crimes and violations of protection orders.
The two other tribes include the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Arizona and the Tulalip Tribes of Washington.
The implementation date for most tribes is March 2015.
Meanwhile, federal justice officials have launched an online resource and training center to respond to sexual assaults in Indian Country.