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By Phil Ferolito
Yakima Herald-Republic 

Tribe sues county over arrest


November 8, 2017

A dispute between the Yakama Nation and Klickitat County over who has criminal authority over tribal members in an unincorporated area northwest of Goldendale may finally be determined in federal court.

The Yakama Nation filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Friday seeking a permanent injunction against Klickitat County authorities, prohibiting them from arresting and prosecuting tribal members for crimes in the area known as Tract D southeast of Mount Adams.

The lawsuit stems from the arrest and conviction of a 17-year-old Yakama boy accused of second-degree rape of a child in the disputed area.

The teen was arrested near Glenwood on Sept. 27, and pleaded guilty to two counts of seco...

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