Minn. reservations see 16 indictments in 7 months
Thursday, October 16, 2003

The chief federal prosecutor for Minnesota said 16 people from the state's reservations have been indicted on gun or drug violations in the past seven months.

U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger said tribes are working with county and federal authorities as part of a program called Project Safe Neighborhoods. Gang crimes and violence on Minnesota reservations is extremely high, according to federal statistics.

American Indians make up 4.5 percent of the criminal cases in state courts, according to a state study.

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