Yakima County, tribe sign unique arrest agreement

The Yakima County sheriff and the Yakama Nation have signed a unique agreement concerning arrests on tribal lands.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://is.gd/fFi2TZ ) the agreement ends decades of dispute on the 1.2 million-acre reservation.

The agreement signed by tribal and county officials says deputies must contact tribal police before executing warrants on tribal members on tribal land, and be willing to allow a tribal police officer to be present during the arrest. The memorandum also requires deputies to book tribal members into Yakama tribal jail until a formal extradition is filed to transfer a defendant to county custody.

Tribal Council Chairman Harry Smiskin says the agreement is the only one like it in the country. He says it should help defuse a lot of injustice.

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