Justice Department Starts Initiative On Native American Crimes


The top federal prosecutor in Las Vegas has begun assessing the law enforcement needs of Native Americans in Nevada as part of a sweeping Justice Department review to provide more police, equipment and manpower to reservations across the U.S., the Las Vegas Sun reports. The review, launched by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, is expected to culminate this month at a “listening” session in Minneapolis when Holder and his top advisers meet with hundreds of tribal leaders.

Daniel Bogden, U.S. attorney in Nevada, last week participated in planning sessions in Washington and hopes to obtain funding for another “tribal liaison prosecutor” in his office to meet regularly with Nevada's 27 tribes on 31 reservations throughout the state. He also would like more officers to supplement the three FBI agents and one Bureau of Indian Affairs specialist who now investigate federal crimes on Native American land. “It's going to be a top Justice Department priority,” Bogden said. Heidi Waterman, tribal administrator at the Walker River Paiute reservation, one of the largest in the state, said unemployment there has reached 80 percent and that half of the 3,200 members have moved away.

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