By Caleb Hutton
A Lummi man was arrested this week on suspicion of raping another tribe member.
Here’s a brief overview from Lummi Communications:
On December 4th, 2012, an adult Lummi Tribal member reported to Lummi Nation Police that she had been assaulted and raped in the 3300 block of Lummi Shore Road.An initial investigation conducted by Lummi Nation Police Department and the Bellingham office of the FBI resulted in the arrest of Robert (Dewey) Johnson, (an) American Indian residing on the Lummi Reservation.Mr. Johnson was transported and booked into Whatcom County Jail.…The Lummi Nation Police Department and the Bellingham office of the FBI are cooperating in an ongoing investigation.
Thomas Bates, of the U.S. Attorney General’s Office in Seattle, declined to say if the case would meet the threshold to move into federal jurisdiction, rather than tribal jurisdiction. (See the Major Crimes Act of 1885.)