Crime and Justice in Indian Country
Crime and Justice in Indian Country: A summary of talking circle findings and the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010
Jennifer Fahey, Christopher King, & Michael Kane
This report summarizes information regarding culture and criminal justice issues in Indian Country today, most of it gathered through talking circles and focus groups with members of different American Indian communities in the United States in 2009-2010. Findings from the talking circles highlight some of the major criminal justice issues facing American Indian tribal governments and communities, discuss strategies being used to address such issues, and identify areas in need of improvement. The intent of this writing is to educate those who may not be familiar with American Indian culture, courts, governments, and current criminal justice challenges; to better inform those making Indian policy and funding decisions; to share with tribal communities a sampling of criminal justice resources and initiatives in Indian Country today; and to outline the significant legal changes created by the recently enacted Tribal Law and Order Act.