US attorney in North Dakota wants to tackle Indian crime

Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's U.S. attorney wants to improve the safety of the state's tribal communities by cracking down on violent crime.

Timothy Purdon says the level of violence on American Indian reservations is "unacceptable." He wants to use both prosecution and prevention initiatives to address high rates of substance abuse, domestic violence, drug trafficking and assaults.

Purdon says Native Americans in North Dakota and the rest of the country aren't going to be able to overcome decades of isolation and poverty until they first feel safe in their own homes.

The U.S. attorney's office has jurisdiction on reservations. Purdon's strategy emphasizes even greater involvement. An assistant U.S. attorney is being assigned to deal with each of the state's four reservations.