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This is national native news. I'm Jill freitas from KMA and anchorage, Alaska, filling in for Antonio Gonzalez. A bill in the Washington legislature seeks to make it easier for people who commit crimes on Native American reservations to face justice. Steve Jackson reports. The bill had a hearing in the Senate law and justice committee this week. So in a tribal prosecutor Melissa simonson says, in many cases, it can be very difficult to get those charged with a crime committed on a reservation back to face trial if they flee. In the judicial system, if a tribal court issues a warrant for serious crimes, assaults against children, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and that individual leaves the reservation. There is no access to justice, the warrant can not be collected upon by any Washington state law enforcement officer. This measure would allow a tribal prosecutor to go to the state attorney general's office or the local prosecutor's office to seek a warrant. Some who testified spoke of current agreements between tribes and individual counties to bring people to justice. Russell Brown of the Washington association of prosecuting attorneys expressed some concerns with the way the bill is currently written. He said that there might be a better way to achieve the goal with less complexity. Each tribe within Washington could enter into an agreement with the governor of Washington. There wouldn't need to be simple agreements between all the counties, for example, you wouldn't need 39 counties agreeing with 29 tribes. You would have one state compact that the tribes could agree and enter into. The bill originally passed the house on March 1st. For national native news, I'm Steve Jackson reporting from Spokane. A Guatemalan indigenous environmental activist says there was an attempt on his life this week as a bus run into the car in which he was driving on a highway in northern Guatemala. As Maria Martin reports, Bernardo could all show has been criminalized for many years as a result of his work trying to save a Guatemalan river. 51 year old Bernardo calcio is a mayak Chi teacher union activist and environmental leader in the northern Guatemalan province of Alta verapaz. He was released from prison last year after serving four years on charges Amnesty International says her spurious and retaliatory. The human rights organization has declared a quote prisoner of conscience, saying he's been criminalized for his work opposing a hydroelectric project of the cahaba river, which the kick shima considers sacred. Reported on a Facebook video that his car had been deliberately hit from behind. After he'd left court for a mandatory appearance in the city of goban. Gal complained of back and chest pain, standing alongside his almost totally destroyed vehicle. He says he fears for his life and is asking Guatemalan authorities to investigate the incident. But some analysts doubt that Bernardo cultural would get justice from the same system that's worked to criminalize him and other Guatemalan indigenous activists for years. For national native news. Former president of the Navajo Nation Ben Shelley passed away from a long-term illness on Wednesday at the age of 75. Shelley served as a member of the Navajo Nation council for more than a decade beginning in the early 1990s before being elected as vice president in 2007. He went on to becoming president of the tribe through 2015. He also served as a county commissioner. Shelley is being remembered for his longtime leadership and is credited for establishing the Navajo transitional energy company, which was created to achieve greater sovereignty over the tribe's natural resources. A private service is being held, but the tribe is working on a public memorial. Flags in the Navajo Nation

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