Juvenile Justice Bulletin Banner 2003
   J. Robert Flores, Administrator
May 2003  
OJJDPs Tribal Youth Initiatives

Kay McKinney

Introduction

Tribal Youth Program

TYP: Examples of Grantee Activities

TYP Mental Health Project

Comprehensive Indian Resources for Community and Law Enforcement Project

TYP Mental Health Project: Activities of FY 2002 Grantees

Training and Technical Assistance

Research and Evaluation

An Overview of Selected Tribal Research and Evaluation Activities

Other Tribal Youth Initiatives

For Futher Information

Endnotes

References

NCJ 193763


This Bulletin was prepared by Kay McKinney, formerly Acting Director of OJJDPs Information Dissemination and Planning Unit.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office for Victims of Crime.


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A Message From OJJDP

The violent crime rate among American Indians is twice that of the United States as a whole. Tribal communities are also beset by high rates of domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, alcohol abuse, and gang involvement. Given such factors, it
is not surprising that tribal youth are exposed to multiple risk factors for delinquency. Indeed, while the violent crime rate for U.S. youth has steadily declined over the past several years, the rate of violent juvenile crime in tribal communities continues to grow.

Risk factors for delinquency for the nearly 2 million American Indians who live on or near tribal lands are compounded by a lack of social services. Tribal communities are challenged by inadequate resources for their juvenile justice systems, resulting in insufficient training of law enforcement and other justice personnel and a dearth of programs that comprehensively combat juvenile delinquency through appropriate prevention, intervention, and sanction activities.

This Bulletin describes the efforts of OJJDP to assist tribal communities through such initiatives as the Tribal Youth Program, the Tribal Youth Program Mental Health Project, the Comprehensive Indian Resources for Community and Law Enforcement (CIRCLE) Project, training and technical assistance, and research and evaluation.

It is hoped that OJJDP’s tribal youth initiatives will help build a better future for American Indian and Alaska Native youth and their families.

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