Crime up on Indian Reservations Across the Country
A forthcoming report from the Department of Justice is expected to show a dramatic increase in crimes on Indian reservations over the past few years. This report is a result of the 2010 Tribal Law and Order Act, which requires this agency to release crime figures annually. According to the Associated Press, federal prosecutors saw a 54% increase in crime between 2009 and 2012.
The federal government has long been criticized for its handling of crime on Indian reservations, with many tribal leaders believing they do not take their responsibilities seriously enough. This eventually led to the passage of the 2010 bill requiring statistics to be released. It is only one way that Native Americans hope to increase awareness of crimes and have the federal government take steps to curb it.
Neighboring Arizona had the highest number of criminal cases referred to the federal government from 2011-2012. This is due in part to the fact that it is home to the largest Indian reservation in the nation. Arizona had nearly 2,000 referrals, while South Dakota had around 1,000, and Montana had approximately 500. Figures for Nevada are not yet known.
Crime affects society as a whole, whether it is committed on or off a reservation. Those accused of a crime can seek advice from the Potter criminal defense team.