National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault

LGBTQITribal law enforcement officers play a key role in promoting safety and justice for American Indian/Alaska Native victims of sexual Violence.


tribal policeEffective investigation of the crime scenes combined with skilled interviewing techniques are crucial to holding perpetrators accountable for their crimes.


When a sexual assault occurs in Indian Country, tribal law enforcement has the authority to arrest and detain both Indians and non-Indians for sexual assault crimes under the following circumstances and conditions:


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Featured Publications


Planning, Implementing and Operating Effective Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) Programs: Guidelines and Standards (October 2006)


SAVIN Programs


This report, which was funded and distributed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides recommendations and standards for planning, implementing, and operating an effective SAVIN Program.



Census of Tribal Justice Agencies in Indian Country, 2002


Census of Tribal Justice Agencies


This report, compiled and authored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, presents detailed information gathered on tribal law enforcement agencies, tribal courts and services, and criminal record systems from the 2002 Census of Tribal Justice Agencies in American Indian Jurisdictions.




Crime Reduction Best Practices Handbook


This handbook, compiled and published by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is a compendium of best practices from a newly-minted Agency strategy intended to guide law enforcement entities in Indian Country. The handbook includes a discussion of strategies that worked on the BIA's test sites and those that did not, and the information it offers ranges from general approaches to details necessary to implement specific crime-reduction plans.


National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault, a project by the Southwest Center for Law and Policy © 2013

This project was supported by  Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K045 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessary represent the official position of the U.S. Department of Justice. All rights reserved. | Privacy policy