Wyoming tribes assert jurisdiction over town

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe are asserting jurisdiction over a town that they say is still part of the Wind River Reservation.

A tribal judge recently said Riverton is Indian Country. The town is completely surrounded by tribal land but state officials claim it was ceded in 1906.

The tribes say the state has no jurisdiction over crimes committed by Indians in Riverton. They recently asked a federal judge to halt the prosecution of a tribal member for murder.

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