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Volume VII  Line   Number 2                                        December 2000

From the Administrator


Challenges Facing American Indian Youth: On the Front Lines With Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell

“The greatest challenges facing American Indian youth are overcoming the obstacles to living a normal childhood, receiving a sound education, and being equipped to compete for jobs in the modern economy. We need to encourage and cultivate environments that facilitate positive growth, making it possible to teach children and youth that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to.”

OJJDP Tribal Youth Program
by Chyrl Andrews

Responding to the increase in violent crimes committed by juveniles in many tribal communities, Congress established the Tribal Youth Program in 1999. The program, administered by OJJDP and dedicated to the prevention and control of juvenile crime and improvement of the juvenile justice system in American Indian communities, includes a range of projects, activities, and funding categories.

Cultural Practices in American Indian Prevention Programs
by Ruth Sanchez-Way and Sandie Johnson

Culture has been defined as the “complex ensemble of emotions, beliefs, values, aspirations . . . that together make up behavior.” Research shows that strong cultural identification makes adolescents less vulnerable to risk factors for drug use and more able to benefit from protective factors than adolescents who lack this identification.

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Justice Matters
Bullet Understanding and Responding to Youth Gangs in Indian Country

OJJDP Publications
Bullet Enlarging the Healing Circle: Ensuring Justice for American Indian Children
Bullet Forging a New Path: A Guide to Starting Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country
Bullet Prevention Through Empowerment in a Native American Community

OJJDP Online
Bullet American Indian-Focused Web Sites

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Points of view or opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of OJJDP or the U.S. Department of Justice.

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John J. Wilson,
Acting Administrator

Editorial Advisory Board

John J. Wilson, Chair

Betty Chemers
Deputy Administrator
Discretionary Programs

Acting Director
Research and Program Development Division

Eileen Garry
Acting Deputy Administrator

State, Local, and Tribal Programs and Child Protection

Information Dissemination Unit

Kimberly J. Budnick, Director Concentration of Federal Efforts Program

Donn Davis, Acting Director
Special Emphasis Division

Roberta Dorn, Director
State Relations and Assistance Division

Ronald Laney, Director
Child Protection Division

Emily Martin, Director
Training and Technical Assistance Division

Executive Editor
Eileen M. Garry

Managing Editor
Catherine Doyle

Senior Editor
Earl E. Appleby, Jr.

Production Editor
Leila Wieser

Juvenile Justice (ISSN 1524–6647) is published by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to advance its mandate to disseminate information regarding juvenile delinquency and prevention programs (42 U.S.C. 5652).

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