Published February 10, 2018
TOPPENISH, WASHINGTON — Citing rampant crime in White Swan, an unincorporated community deep within its reservation, the Yakama Nation Tribal Council has declared a public safety crisis on the Yakama Reservation in Washington state.
Eariler this week, tribal leaders approved a resolution imposing harsher penalties for those involved in criminal acts, including loss of treaty hunting and fishing rights and even banishment from the tribe.
In a news release announcing the action, tribal leaders said report there’s been rampant crime in White Swan and that the Washington State Patrol has refused to patrol areas of the reservation since the tribe had much of its civil and criminal authority over its members returned under a process called retrocession.
A seven-day per week, 8 p.m. curfew for youth in White Swan is in effect