Law & Legal
The following text is an excerpt from “A User-friendly PL 280 Resource Guide”
Why is jurisdiction in Indian country like playing a game of Twister? This resource guide will serve as the “tour guide,” directing the reader down the path of the evolution of jurisdiction in Indian country. The book’s presentation gives its reader a broad perspective, beginning with the indigenous sovereign nations and following the historical twists and turns that have created the puzzling tribal, federal and state jurisdictions that exist today in Indian country. PL 280 was the legal vehicle which allowed the federal government to transfer certain jurisdiction to the states. This transfer of jurisdiction, especially criminal jurisdiction, has created a multitude of issues.
Both Native Americans and the myriad of individuals who work or interact within tribal communities have been forced to make sense of this convoluted law. The goal of A User-friendly PL 280 Resource Guide is to take the mystery out of PL 280 and help the reader unravel the tangled jurisdictional maze that is seen in Indian country today. Although PL 280 became a law over a half a century ago, it has managed to remain elusive. No more hiding in the shadows or being camouflaged in highbrowed legalese! Let’s grab PL 280 by the collar and confront it face-to-face. The book’s distinctive style and easy-to-understand format, along with its fun illustrations and charts, make for enjoyable learning. It features interesting icon navigation.
Additional Resource: 2010 Federal Law and Order Act Information