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Bernstein With a Twist
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I finally understand why the Riverside County sheriff and the Soboba Indians don’t hit it off:

They don’t communicate in Luiseño, native language of the Soboba band. They don’t communicate in English, native language of the sheriff. They miscommunicate in a non-language nobody understands.

A couple of days ago, the tribe, the Sheriff’s Department and Indian law experts met to discuss Public Law 280, a 55-year-old federal law that places reservations in California and other states under authority of state and local law enforcement.

The sheriff isn’t nuts about enforcing Pubic Law 280 (says he’s just doing his job. The tribe isn’t nuts about how the sheriff enforces the law. And everyone thinks whoever wrote the law did a lousy job. So here we are, inching toward what could be a rare agreement on something! And what happens?

They start speaking that non-language. They start talking about “retrocession.”
Episode Date: August 15, 2008
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