Alaska Natives oppose limits to tribal court funding
Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Alaska Natives are opposing an appropriations rider that will cut federal funding for their tribal justice systems.

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) doesn't want money going to Alaska tribes for courts, police officers, and law enforcement equipment. He wants it used for the state's Village Public Safety Officer Program, which some Natives feel is inadequately funded.

Tribal court workers and advocates have been discussing the rider at a training session in Anchorage this week. They say their courts, which combine traditional and modern knowledge, have benefits that go beyond village boundaries.

Get the Story:
Rule of self-law (The Anchorage Daily News 9/23)

Get the Bill:
S.1585 | Committee Report

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Bill cuts funds to Alaska tribal justice systems (09/10)

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