Bill to Promote Safety on Indian Casino Reservations Introduced as Tribal Operators Forced to Defend

Synopsis: "The US Senate Indian Affairs Committee (IAC) introduced a bill Thursday that seeks to strengthen public safety on tribal reservations, addressing concerns that Indian communities experience some of the highest crime rates in the US, according to federal data.

The bill, introduced by IAC chairman, Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), is co-sponsored by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and John Barrasso (R-WY).

“This bill enhances current law to ensure tribes have the tools to combat crime and keep their citizens safe and secure,” said Hoeven. “It also increases coordination between our tribal, federal and state law enforcement officials, so that we can more effectively improve safety in tribal areas and surrounding communities.

“In addition, it requires the Justice Department to track and analyze data on human trafficking of Native Americans both in and outside Indian Country.”"

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