President Barack Obama Signs Tribal Law and Order Act Into Law
Last month we shared information about the United States Senate unanimously passing S. 797, the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009 that was an amendment to H.R. 725, Indian Arts and Crafts Amendment Act. It was a monumental vote to address critical needs in Indian Country, as the Tribal Law and Order Act will allow for greater public safety in American Indian communities.
S. 797 was introduced by Senator Byron Dorgan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with ten other co-sponsors. President Barack Obama has officially signed the Tribal Law and Order Act into law on July 29, 2010.
With crime rates increasing on Native American reservations throughout the country, this Act comes at a critical time to help address challenges in the federal government, tribal court and law enforcement systems. First Nations Development Institute believes that all Native American families have a basic human right to safety and security in their communities, and applauds President Obama's decision to sign the Tribal Law and Order Act into law.
Watch the full video of the signing of the Tribal Law and Order Act.