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Rulings could bring crackdown on Indian reservation domestic violence

Published 12/12/2011, Associated Press

Despite a well-known epidemic of domestic violence on American Indian reservations, federal authorities have long been stymied in their pursuit of abusive parents and spouses. That may change if recent rulings in the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation case of Roman Cavanaugh case and a similar matter are upheld, allowing U.S attorneys to act instead of watching abuse convictions pile up at the tribal level.

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