By Addie Goss
Laramie, Wyo. – Crofts Indians 1
One of the first tasks facing Wyoming's new U.S. Attorney is to work to improve public safety on the Wind River Reservation. The U.S. Attorney General has announced a new focus on public safety in Indian Country. The Justice Department has also committed funding, along with legal and FBI help to the effort.
Wyoming U.S. Attorney Kip Crofts says he doesn't know yet whether Wyoming will see any of those resources, but he says this effort is a good one. "The history of Indian policy in this country has been that that policy has for the most part been imposed by outsiders from somewhere else," he said, "so I think it's great to be required to go and consult, I certainly agree with that."
Crofts says Wyoming's U.S. Attorney office already communicates well with the Wind River Reservation. He says representatives of his office in Lander meet weekly with tribal prosecutors to go over cases and determine whether there should be federal or tribal prosecution.