Author: Jane M. Smith
You are a member of an Indian tribe living on the tribe?s reservation and your non-Indian spouse has just beat you. Where do you turn to for help and protection? Under Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe, which held that Indian tribes lost their inherent authority to exercise criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians, the tribe cannot prosecute your spouse. Most states would not have authority to prosecute your spouse either.