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Cooperative Agreements

Title: Memorandum of Agreement between Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and Power County
Parties: Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Power County Sheriff’s Office, and the Power County Prosecuting Attorney
Date enacted/published: February 2, 2002


This Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) concerns concurrent traffic law jurisdiction on the reservation. Specifically, the MOA provides that when an Indian is issued a traffic violation by a Power County officer on the reservation, that Indian has the option to proceed through the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Court system. Key provisions include:

  • The Indian must be able to provide tribal identification either at the time of the citation or when requesting a transfer to tribal court.
  • Power County and the tribes shall cooperatively develop an explanatory notification.
  • The Power County Sheriff’s Office will cooperate, as necessary, in the hearing or trial.
  • The tribal court will send written notifications of the final disposition to the Power County Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho Department of Transportation.
  • The tribes, Power County, and Idaho State Police agree to various primary and concurrent patrolling responsibilities, depending on the road, and compensation policies.
  • The tribes and Power County agree to better facilitate communication.