New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Congress to consider repeal of Spirit Lake Nation crime law


August 12, 2019

Eddy County Sheriff Paul Lies spoke to Eddy County commissioners at their regular meeting on July 16 about a letter North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum sent to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) and its chairman, Senator John Hoeven, regarding the criminal jurisdiction on the Spirit Lake Nation.

The letter said the Spirit Lake Tribe has gone on record to formally request the repeal of 60 Stat. 229, which previously gave criminal jurisdiction over misdemeanor crimes to the State of North Dakota. In response to that request, former Senator Heidi Heitkamp sponsored S. 2788 in Apr...

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