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Sheriff's Office Has Concerns Over Tribal Police Bill

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YAKIMA, Wash - The Yakama Tribal Police could soon have authority over non-tribal members. 

A bill has now passed through the House and Senate and is awaiting the Governor's signature.  It would allow Tribal Police to enforce the law on non-tribal members on the reservation.  They could also travel outside of the reservation in an emergency situation.  The bill brings some concerns for the Yakima County Sheriff's Office.

"With tribal, they're a sovereign nation.  Where do you go with a complaint and will they listen to you?" asks Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin. 

If the bill passes it would require the County Sheriff's Office and Tribal Police to form an agreement on how to handle criminal situations.

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