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Federal judge: Non-tribal police have authority over Yakamas in some cases on reservation

City, county and state law enforcement officers have authority over Yakama Nations members on the reservation in crimes that involve non-native suspects and victims, a federal judge recently ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice denied the Nation an injunction Friday, Feb. 22, that would have barred state authorities from assuming jurisdiction over Yakama members in certain cases on the reservation.

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