Legal Information: Tribal
Abuse in Tribal Communities
Updated: November 6, 2019
Is my tribal protection order valid outside of the reservation? And if I have a protection order by the state court, is it valid on the reservation?
Under most circumstances, tribal protection orders (and orders issued by state courts) are valid in all 50 states, Washington D.C., in all U.S. territories, and on all tribal lands.1 Tribal protection orders may be enforceable in any state or territory including on other tribal lands. If you move out of the area where your protection order was granted, you may want to contact the clerk of courts in your area or talk to a lawyer for information about how an order that was issued by a tribe/pueblo or Alaskan village can be enforced.
118 U.S.C. §2265(a)
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