This Thursday, three Native American tribes are changing how they administer justice.
For almost four decades, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has barred tribes from prosecuting non-American Indian defendants. But as part of last year's re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a new program now allows tribes to try some non-Indian defendants in domestic abuse cases.
Ross Reynolds talks with Tulalip Tribe Chairman Mel Sheldon about a federal pilot program that will allow the Tulalip Tribe to prosecute non-tribal members who are accused of domestic violence on the reservation.
In Washington state people convicted of crimes are required to surrender their firearms to law enforcement officials. But people with restraining orders against them – even in cases where there are serious threats of domestic violence – almost never have to give up their guns. Ross Reynolds talks with Kirkland Democrat Roger Goodman about his proposal to change that.