The Department of Justice (DOJ) is actively trying to cut down on violent crime on Indian reservations and tribal land by demanding federal prosecutors focus on violent crimes. The Bureau of Indian Affairs polices tribal lands, but federal prosecutors are in charge of prosecuting the majority of cases in those areas.
American Indians are subjected to violent crimes at twice the national rate, a statistic that undoubtedly motivated Monday’s order from the DOJ to step-up prosecution efforts.
The goal of the new emphasis is to "turn back the unacceptable tide of domestic and sexual violence there.”
Justice Dept. Orders New Crackdown on Tribal Crime | Associated Press