It is important to note that some of the above-listed states have “retroceded” jurisdiction back to certain tribes within their states. Several additional “optional” states that have adopted all or part of PL280 jurisdiction over Indian Country. Under the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009, the federal government may elect to exercise jurisdiction upon request from Tribes.
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