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Indian Country Crime

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Protecting tribal communities is a little known—but highly important—responsibility of the FBI.

We’ve been helping to ensure safety and security in Indian Country* since our founding in 1908. Today, more than 100 special agents from 20 different field offices investigate cases on over 200 reservations nationwide. We work closely with a range of partners, including tribal police and federal agents from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Our exact role varies from reservation to reservation, but we are generally responsible for the most serious crimes**—such as murder, child sexual and physical abuse, violent assaults, drug trafficking, gaming violations, and public corruption matters.

In Depth

About Our Program
- Overview
- Safe Trails Task Forces 

Victim Support
- FBI Office for Victim Assistance
- 2005 Red Lake Shooting in Minnesota

Historic Case
- Murder in Osage Hills

 

Department of Justice Resources
- Tribal Justice and Safety Website
- Office of Tribal Justice
- Sovereignty Policy
- Indian Country Investigations & Prosecutions, 2011-12 (pdf)

Other Partners and Resources
- Bureau of Indian Affairs-Office of Justice Services
- IACP Indian Country Law Enforcement Section
- Census Bureau Map of Indian Country
- Federal Register List of Federally Recognized Tribes
- More

 

 

09.20.10

In the News
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FBI in Indian Country
A new series takes a look at our unique responsibilities on Native American land. Details

04.14.14
Albuquerque: Three sentenced to federal prison for sexually abusing Navajo child.
04.11.14
Minneapolis: Four admit committing credit card fraud at tribal gaming establishments.
04.08.14
Seattle: Tulalip Tribal member pleads guilty in death of her 19-month-old daughter.
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A Day in the Life in Indian Country
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Learn first-hand about our work protecting Native American reservations.
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Finding Answers
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On the Road Again
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A Tapestry of Partnerships
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“FBI’s Here!”