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Officials question new tribal law

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Criminal justice officials from area American Indian tribes met with Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., on Thursday at San Juan College to discuss and critique a new law intended to give tribal agencies more authority to fight crime. While prosecutors, public defenders and law enforcement officials from the Navajo Nation, Jicarilla Apache and Zuni tribes applauded the efforts of The Tribal Law and Order Act, they also expressed concern that it will lack the teeth necessary to achieve justice in tribal lands.