Indian Law And Order Commission Meets In Santa Fe

KRWG News – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) Members of the Indian Law and Order Commission are convening in Santa Fe on Wednesday for their first in-person meeting.

The commission was established under the Tribal Law and Order Act signed into law by President Barack Obama last year. The commission is charged with making recommendations to the president and Congress on how to improve the administration of justice on tribal lands.

The president of the National Congress of American Indians, Jefferson Keel, says the commission has the potential to be a driving force behind implementation of the Tribal Law and Order Act. The law aims to give tribes more authority to combat crime on their reservations.

Keel is one of the commission's nine members. Others include tribal and federal justice officials, a law professor and former lawmakers.

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