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The United States Supreme Court is exploring the jurisdiction of tribal police

The judges of the United States Supreme Court, in Tuesday's case testing the extent of Native American tribal police powers, were tending to approve the authority of a Montana tribal police officer to arrest and search Native Americans. A public road on protected land.

Judges have heard arguments in a case focusing on drug-related charges brought against a man named Joshua James Cooley, who is not a Native American after Crowe Tribe Police Officer James Saylor in 2016 found methamphetamine and firearms in his car, which was parked above a side of the road. On the reserved land.

The current precedent gives tribes criminal jurisdiction over tribal members, but not over non-tribal members, who may instead be prosecuted by the state or federal government. The Supreme Court will determine how this distinction governs the authority of tribal police officers when they interact with non-tribal members during highway stops.


23 March 2021


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