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Idaho Report on Indian Country Jurisdiction

March 7, 2017

The purpose of the report:  

"Four legislative members of the Idaho Council on Indian Affairs requested a study to understand what the state’s obligations are under Public Law 280 and whether the state fulfills these obligations. They asked us to find out whether the state received any federal money to implement Public Law 280 and what processes other states have used to retrocede jurisdiction. We were not asked to evaluate whether Idaho should consider retrocession. This report does not support or oppose retrocession."

Among the reports findings:

  • Many of Idaho’s duties in Indian country are not from Public Law 280
  • Implementing Public Law 280 is primarily the responsibility of county governments.
  • The operation of jurisdiction in Indian country raises concerns about public safety and equal treatment. 
  • Public Law 280 does not provide federal funding to state or local governments.
  • Public Law 280 may reduce federal funding to tribes. 

Click here for the full report.