9/2017 The following CRIT Tribal members need to contact the CRIT Enrollment office to update their mailing addresses as soon as possible.If you have any questions you may direct them to (928) 669-1304. At the Special Meeting held on June 8, 2017, Tribal Council enacted amendments to the Domestic Relations Code to include Article 4: Paternity and Maternity.The Amendments enacted a paternity code and reserved a section for a maternity code should Tribal Council choose to enact a maternity code at a later date.The paternity code governs paternity actions in the tribal court, which seek to establish who the legal father of a child is.Before that, women such as Frances Cupis were unable to press charges against violent partners in tribal court.(Whitney Shefte/The Washington Post) Tribal police chief Michael Valenzuela drove through darkened desert streets, turned into a Circle K convenience store and pointed to the spot beyond the reservation line where his officers used to take the non-Indian men who battered Indian women.“Congressmen all were asking, how are non-Indians going to be tried by a group of Indian jurors?” Against that opposition last year, the Obama administration was able to push through only the narrowest version of a law to prosecute non-Indians.
Instead of driving Lopez to the Circle K and telling him to leave the reservation, they arrested him.The tribe’s officials are facing intense scrutiny and thorny legal challenges as they prepare for their first prosecution of a non-Indian man.“Everyone’s feeling pressure about these cases,” said Pascua Yaqui Chief Prosecutor Alfred Urbina. No one wants to screw anything up.” A year ago, Urbina traveled to Washington with tribal Chairman Peter Yucupicio and others from the tribe to meet with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).While it covers domestic and dating-violence cases involving Native Americans on the reservation, the law does not give tribes jurisdiction to prosecute child abuse or crimes, including sexual assault, that are committed by non-Indians who are “strangers” to their victims.In addition, the law does not extend to Native American women in Alaska.