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Tribal leaders pushing for bill to allow Maine tribes jurisdiction over domestic violence cases involving members

 Maine State House at Augusta, Maine
Maine State House at Augusta, Maine (WAGM)
Published: Jul. 7, 2019 at 12:49 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Tribal leaders are saying they are going to keep pushing for a bill that would allow two Maine tribes jurisdiction over some domestic violence cases because tribal courts cannot prosecute non-tribal members for domestic violence against members . Leaders say this creates a situation that makes families unsafe. Lawmakers passed a bill this year to change that, but Governor Mills held it. Her office says that she is working to clarify the rights of non-tribal members in the bill and hopes she will be able to sign it.

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