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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
- Journey Through Indian Country Series

Victim Support
- FBI Office for Victim Assistance

Department of Justice Resources
- Tribal Justice and Safety Website
- Office of Tribal Justice
- Sovereignty Policy
Indian Country Investigations and
  Prosecutions Report 2014
(pdf)

Other Partners and Resources
- Bureau of Indian Affairs-Office of Justice Services

- Census Bureau Map of Indian Country
- Department of Justice Sovereignty policy
- Federal Register List of Federally
  Recognized Tribes

- IACP Indian Country Law Enforcement Section
- Office of Tribal Justice at the Department of Justice
- National Indian Gaming Commission
- National Institute of Justice: Tribal Crime and Justice
- National Native American Law Enforcement
  Association (NNALEA)

- Tribal Protection Orders
- U.S. Attorney Offices

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Victim Assistance in Indian Country
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Fort Belknap MontanaThe FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance (OVA) employs victim specialists in field offices who work side-by-side with agents to ensure victims of crimes in Indian Countryand victims of federal crimes elsewherereceive the rights and services they are entitled to by law. Specialists provide crisis interventions, offer information about the criminal justice system, assist with death notifications, etc. OVA also employs forensic child interview specialists who conduct age-appropriate interviews with children and adolescent victims and provide training to investigative personnel. More on OVA.