Nebraska Indians more likely to be searched in police stops
American Indian drivers are more likely to be searched by police during traffic stops, according to the latest report from the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.

In 2009, Indian drivers were searched 6.9 percent of the time. This was the highest rate of all racial and ethnic groups, surpassing searches among Hispanic and African-American drivers.

American Indians make up about 1 percent of the state population. But in Thurston County, home to the Winnebago Tribe and the Omaha Tribe, they are the majority.

Despite representing 53 percent of the county population, Indian drivers were only 29 percent of police stops while white drivers accounted for 57 percent. The report only includes data from state agencies -- not tribal policy -- so that could explain the disparity.

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