The University of North Dakota law school is marking a first. A student for the first time is joining a tribal court as part of a summer training program.
Rachel Egstad will assist in the prosecution of crimes on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, which straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border.
U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon has helped lead a U.S. Justice Department effort to bolster criminal justice systems on the nation's reservations. He tells the Grand Forks Herald that Egstad's externship at Standing Rock "is a big step."
The 23-year-old Egstad, from Grand Forks, just finished her first year of law school. Her father is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa, and she majored in Indian Studies for her undergraduate degree at UND.