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.