Studies suggest that crime rates are much higher for Native Americans compared with the national average. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, American Indians (AI) and Alaska Natives (AN) experience violent crimes at rates far greater than the general population (Tribal Crime and Justice, National Institute of Justice, Retrieved October 2014).
In June 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder launched a department-wide initiative within the U.S. Department of Justice to enhance public safety in Indian Country. Since then, significant progress has been made, including enhanced prosecution and training efforts, implementation of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (TLOA), grant opportunities, general litigation, civil rights, and outreach and consultation (Indian Country Accomplishments of the Justice Department, 2009-Present, U.S. Department of Justice, Retrieved October 2014).
In September 2015, the Department of Justice announced grant awards of more than $97 million to American Indian and Alaska Native communities to enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts. The awards are made under the Department’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a consolidated tribal-specific grant program (Department of Justice Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation—FY 15 Combined Award List, September 2015). The Department of Justice’s Tribal Justice and Safety website is continually updated with news and information about these and other Justice efforts targeting tribal communities.
To learn more about crime and justice issues facing tribal communities, please select a page from the below listing or from the box at the right under the "Justice in Indian Country" heading: