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Court rules on tribal police authority

Attorney Trent Shores breaks down the U.S. Supreme Court decision on tribal police officer authority. Plus we have our regular contributor Holly Cook Macarro to update what's new in Washington.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a tribal police officer has authority to detain temporarily and to search non-Indian persons traveling on public rights-of-way running through a reservation for potential violations of state or federal law.

Attorney Trent Shores joins us to break this down. A member of the Choctaw Nation, he’s at GableGotwals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

He served 18 years in the Department of Justice, under four presidents and seven U.S. attorney generals. He chaired the Native American Issues Subcommittee to the Attorney General’s Advisory Council. He recently left the Northern District of Oklahoma as attorney general.

(Related: Unanimous: Supreme Court rules for tribes)

Plenty of news coming out of our nation’s capital this week, everything from the op-ed piece by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to the transfer of federal lands to the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust.

To break it all down for us, we have Holly Cook Macarro with us today. She’s a partner with Spirit Rock Consulting and is a regular political contributor to our news program. 

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • First Peoples Fund is getting a huge grant from one of the world’s richest women.

  • Valerie Davidson is the new president of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. 
  • The Interior Department is transferring 80-acres of surplus federal property in Hawaii to the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust. 
  • Native youth from the Confederation Tribes of Umatilla are calling on President Joe Biden to remove dams from the Snake River. 
  • Peruvian Indigenous leaders are calling for leftist Pedro Castillo to be confirmed as the country's next president.
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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix. 

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