Feds gives 10 tribes access to national criminal databases

Feds gives 10 tribes access to national criminal databases

SEATTLE (AP) – The U.S. Department of Justice has named 10 American Indian tribes that will take part in the first phase of a program giving tribes more access to national criminal databases.

A deadly school shooting in Washington state last year showed flaws in the way federal authorities and tribal governments share information and the need to improve communication.

A member of the Tulalip Tribe was allowed to buy a gun that was later used by his son to kill four classmates and himself at a high school. A domestic violence protection order issued by a tribal court in 2001 should have stopped the father from buying guns.

The 10 tribes announced Thursday are in Washington, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Arizona and Idaho.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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