Monday, June 16, 2008

CA Tribes and Public Law 280

Calif. tribe, sheriff battle over sovereignty

Blood has been shed over who will enforce law on reservation

By David Kelly
June 15, 2008

SAN JACINTO, Calif. - After leading the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians for nearly three decades, Robert Salgado is facing one of his greatest challenges - to set aside years of suspicion and to trust the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

It hasn't been easy.

For the past three weeks, the two sides have met behind closed doors to prevent the kind of violence that led to the deaths of three tribal members in shootouts with deputies in May.

Salgado says the path for the sheriff's department is clear.

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