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Crimes and Criminals / Arson Figs. / Indian Rights and Jurisdiction #258597

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Jun 04, 1978
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(Studio) Details given about 1975 arson figs. released today. Problem of catching criminal involved in most crimes noted. Additional problems had by Oklahoma and other states with large Indian populations in jurisdictional questions reported.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Osage Cnty., OK) Federal court ruling that law enforcement on Indian lands should be in hands of Indians and United States government rather than local authorities noted. Local law officers' concerns about effect of ruling on legal system cited. [Osage Cnty. district attorney Bill HALL - states possible law enforcement problems they could run into as result of ruling.] Confusion among authorities brought about by ruling noted. [Osage Cnty. sheriff George WAYMAN - will enforce law till stopped.] Osage Indians' reasons for concern about law enforcement on their property due to their ownership of oil wells, outlined. [Osage Nation principal chief Sylvester TINKER - would like to see law enforcement set up perhaps through Bureau of Indian Affairs and within Osage Nation Would feel safer.] (Temporary video difficulty.) [Attorney Browning PIPESTEM - thinks it would be better law enforcement to have policeman stationed on reservation than just having someone drive by once in a while.] Process of drawing up set of tribal laws by Osage attys. noted.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg

Dean, Morton;
Engberg, Eric

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