Kirby Cleveland, a Navajo man, faces a possible death sentence if convicted on charges he killed a Navajo Nation police officer last year. If Cleveland is sentenced to death, he would join 26 other Native Americans on death row in U.S prisons, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The Navajo Nation outlawed the death penalty, as have many other tribes. But does that have any sway over how federal prosecutors approach justice for tribal members who commit capital crimes?
Kevin Washburn (citizen of the Chickasaw Nation) – professor of law at the University of New Mexico and former assistant secretary for the Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of Interior
Melissa Tatum – law professor at the University of Arizona
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