Indian Major Crimes Act

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Indian Major Crimes Act

Indian Major Crimes Act

18 U.S.C. § 1153 : US Code – Section 1153: Offenses committed within Indian country

This description of the Indian Major Crimes Act tracks the language of the U.S. Code, except that, sometimes, we use plain English and that we may refer to the “Act” (meaning Indian Major Crimes Act) rather than to the “subchapter” or the “title” of the United States Code.

U.S. Code Citation

18 U.S.C. § 1153

U.S. Code Section and Head

  • United States Code – Section 1153
  • Head of the Section:

    Offenses committed within Indian country

Text of the Section

(a) Any Indian who commits against the person or property of another Indian or other person any of the following offenses, namely, murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, maiming, a felony under chapter 109A, incest, assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault resulting in serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365 of this title), an assault against an individual who has not attained the age of 16 years, felony child abuse or neglect, arson, burglary, robbery, and a felony under section 661 of this title within the Indian country, shall be subject to the same law and penalties as all other persons committing any of the above offenses, within the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States. (b) Any offense referred to in subsection (a) of this section that is not defined and punished by Federal law in force within the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States shall be defined and punished in accordance with the laws of the State in which such offense was committed as are in force at the time of such offense.

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