Sentencing Commission convenes Native American Advisory Group

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WASHINGTON, D.C. ? The U.S. Sentencing Commission announced May 1 that it has formed a Native American Ad Hoc Advisory Group to examine "viable methods" to improve the operation of the federal sentencing guidelines in their application to Native Americans prosecuted under the Major Crimes Act.

The Commission will be comprised of 16 members representing a diverse group of interested parties including the National Congress of American Indians, U.S Commission on Civil Rights, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, tribal members, the federal judiciary and law enforcement officials, according to a release from the commission. The advisory group will be chaired by Lawrence Piersol, chief judge of the U.S. District Court of South Dakota.

The formation of the advisory groups follows public support.