Supreme Court upholds tribal police in traffic stop, search

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled that tribal police officers can stop and search non-Indians on tribal lands for potential violations of state or federal law. The justices on Tuesday unanimously reversed an appellate ruling in favor of a non-Native motorist who was charged with drug-related crimes after a tribal officer searched his pickup truck on a public road that crosses the Crow reservation in Montana. The Supreme Court has previously held that tribal police have little authority over non-Indians, but Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the court that allowing a temporary stop and detention _ so that state or federal authorities can be called in _ enhances public safety.