States in the Northwest region include Washington and Oregon. This region is rich in natural resources such as redwood forests, scenic mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. Many tribes in this region are subject to PL 280 and must navigate jurisdictional collaborations with local state and counties in the administration of criminal justice.
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe,was one of three initial tribes selected by the U.S. Department of Justice to pilot enhanced criminal court jurisdiction pursuant to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013. This law vested tribes with the authority, subject to certain conditions, to arrest, and prosecute non-Indians who commit certain domestic violence crimes within their territory.
In this podcast, we are speaking with Judge Maria Dominguez about the Urban Healing to Wellness Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Judge Dominguez is a judge for the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court and she also runs the Urban Healing to Wellness Court.