Oglala Sioux Tribe passes law aimed at hate crimes

PINE RIDGE (AP) – The Oglala Sioux Tribe has passed legislation aimed at hate crimes on the Pine Ridge reservation.

The Rapid City Journal reports the law passed by the tribal council Wednesday makes hate crimes punishable with up to one year in jail, which is the maximum allowed under tribal law.

The law defines a hate crime as one where the defendant intentionally targets a victim or property because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability of any person.

The law comes two months after the tribe legalized same-sex marriage on the reservation.


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