Chehalis COA Decides Criminal Matter involving Tribal Law and Order Act

Here is the opinion in Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation v. Lyons. An excerpt:

For the reasons set forth above, we hold that the trial court committed reversible error by admitting the Sexual Assault Report Form without providing the defendant the  opportunity to confront the author of the Report. We further hold that the criminal laws and rules of evidence of the Chehalis Tribe were not publicly available prior to the charging of the defendant in this case as required for the Tribe to exercise the enhanced sentencing authority permitted by the federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010.