NM Tribes Confront Gangs and Violence

New Mexico – Officials from the U.S. Justice Department and tribal leaders will meet Monday and Tuesday to talk about how to combat violence and crime in American Indian communities.

Federal officials want to learn about chronic problems such as gangs, drug traffickers and loopholes in law enforcement on tribal lands during the work sessions.

Justice Department spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz says Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama administration believe there is much justice to be brought to the reservations. She said the department wants to work through the biggest issues and come up with steps that can be taken to improve the situation.

The department has scheduled a listening conference for all tribes in late October in Minneapolis.


Information from: The Daily Times,

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