DOJ: News Release

Tribal Jurisdiction Roundtable Set for May 9

HELENA – The Department of Justice will host a Tribal Jurisdiction Roundtable May 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Helena at Jorgenson’s Inn.

The day will include a panel of experts presenting legal information, answering questions and encouraging discussion about tribal jurisdiction. A list of presenters is attached.

“The Department is committed to fully understanding issues related to tribal jurisdiction,” Attorney General Mike McGrath said. “Discussions like this one foster better relationships between tribal, state and federal courts and law enforcement.”

Assistant Attorney General Pam Bucy said the Roundtable was inspired by a January conference on full faith and credit as it relates to enforcement of orders of protection. All seven Montana tribes were represented at the January meeting and questions and discussions there prompted next week’s event.

“The Roundtable aims to assemble those most interested in and most affected by tribal jurisdiction issues,” Bucy said. “We’re confident the dialogue will lead to a better understanding of this incredibly complicated issue.”

The meeting on May 9 is free of charge. For more information or to register, call the Department of Justice at 444-2026.

List of Presenters

Judge Trudy Flamond
Fort Peck Tribal Court

Cynthia Ford
Professor, University of Montana
School of Law

Maylinn Smith
Director, Indian Law Clinic
University of Montana
School of Law

Klaus Richter
Assistant United States Attorney

Sarah Bond
Montana Department of Justice
Civil Service Bureau

Judge John C. McKeon
17th Judicial District
Malta, Montana

Bill Watt, Esq.
Appellate Judge, Crow Tribe

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