Washington State Patrol may return to Yakima Nation roads

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington State Patrol troopers could resume regular patrols on state highways within Yakama Nation’s borders in the coming months. The Yakima Herald reports U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs officials have approved an agreement to cross-commission State Patrol troopers, allowing them to stop and detain Yakama Nation citizens as part of their regular duties. An official says the State Patrol could begin working again inside Yakima Nation borders in 60 to 90 days. Other departments have received special commissions for Yakima Nation, but permission for the State Patrol has been withheld due to liability and jurisdiction issues with federal officials.