Obama signs bill to combat crime in Indian Country

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed a bill

he says will address the unique public safety challenges facing

American Indian tribes.

Obama signed the Tribal Law and Order Act on Thursday.

The measure provides for the appointment of special U.S.

attorneys to ensure violent crimes in tribal communities are

prosecuted. It also revamps training for reservation police,

expands the sentencing authority of tribal courts from one to three

years, addresses jurisdictional issues and improves the collection

and reporting of Indian crime data.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, who authored

the bill, says millions of American Indians have lived far too long

with unacceptable levels of violent crime.

Tribes hailed the signing as a reaffirmation of the federal

government's trust responsibility to ensure their communities are


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