Shoshone-Bannock Tribe Opposed Idaho’s Legal Reach
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Leaders with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe say they no longer want Idaho to extend its legal reach onto their reservation land.
Nearly a half century ago, U.S. Congress passed a law known as "Public Law 280," which allowed Idaho to have jurisdiction over the Shoshone-Bannocks in seven areas previously held by the federal government — these included road management, juvenile justice and mental health services. However, tribal members say the law has failed, citing that the state has never provided those resources directly on the reservation.
Members also argue that the law prohibits the tribe from pursuing federal funding to build up their own resources because the state is supposed to be in charge of overseeing them. Leaders are now calling for an abandonment of the policy and some state lawmakers are interested. The state's auditing agency is currently studying the effects of a retrocession.