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Indian Country Crime


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
- Journey Through Indian Country Series

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






A Day in the Life in Indian Country
Learn first-hand about our work protecting Native American reservations.
FBI Agent Doug Klein (Thumbnail) Part 1
Finding Answers
FBI Agent Doug Klein with Agent Mike Cuny of Bureau of Indian Affairs (Thumbnail) Part 2
On the Road Again
FBI Agents with Tribal Officer (Thumbnail) Part 3
A Tapestry of Partnerships
Tepee in Montana (Thumbnail) Part 4
“FBI’s Here!”