In August 1973, Suquamish tribal police were called to break up a fight during the annual Chief Seattle Days on the reservation on the Kitsap peninsula; one of the combatants slugged a deputy, so the tribal police arrested him. A local lawyer challenged the authority of the tribe to arrest a non-Indian on the reservation, which is only a ferry ride and a short drive from Seattle. In 1978, the case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled, in Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe, that the tribe only had the power to police its own members on the reservation.
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