APNewsBreak: Report shows federal prosecutors tackling more criminal cases in Indian Country

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A new report shows that federal prosecutors are taking on more criminal cases from American Indian reservations.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the U.S. Justice Department report ahead of its scheduled release later Thursday.

It shows that the number of cases filed in federal court have increased 54 percent between fiscal years 2009 and 2012.

The report stems from the 2010 Tribal Law and Order Act, which requires the Justice Department to publicly release such figures.

Justice officials acknowledge their work is far from done. But they say they’re committed to combating violent crime on reservations where rates are higher than the national average.

The report also outlines the nearly 6,000 referrals to federal prosecutors over the past two calendar years. About two-thirds led to convictions.

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