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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A commission formed as part of a law to combat crime on American Indian reservations is set to release a report on public safety in Indian Country.

The Indian Law and Order Commission traveled around the country to hear from tribal leaders on criminal jurisdiction, courts, grant funding and other topics. What it came up with is a 324-page report that addresses gaps in public safety.

The report, “Strengthening Justice for Native America: A roadmap,” will be released Tuesday, a day ahead of the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington.

Commission Chairman Troy Eid says Native communities often are more dangerous than the rest of the country. He says outdated federal laws and policies are to blame.

Among the panel’s recommendations is giving tribes more control over crimes on their land.

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