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NNI staff have long been engaged on issues of justice and law enforcement in Indian Country for two evidence-based reasons:
1. the econometric evidence: Native nations with more effective court systems are those best able to attract investment of all forms, be it financial, physical, or human.
2. the qualitative evidence: It is difficult for healthy community development to proceed when tribal citizens feel unsafe and afraid.
A Roadmap For Making Native America Safer. 2012-2013
NNI supported the Indian Law and Order Commission as research staff for its report, A Roadmap for Making Native American Safer. This role included facilitation of commission meetings to determine and refine recommendations, factual and legal research to support recommendations, and drafting.
The Comprehensive Indian Resources for Community and Law Enforcement (CIRCLE) Project. 2000-2003
A pilot investment by the U.S. Dept. of Justice to test the effectiveness of more integrated justice systems funding.
Articles summarizing the findings of the project:
Policing on American Indian Reservations. 1996-2001
In partnership with the U.S. Dept. of Justice and Harvard University, NNI conducted a national study of policing on federal jurisdiction Indian reservations that included large-sample primary data collection and in-depth case studies of law enforcement in four Native nations.
The projects key contributions to the field:
Wakeling, Stewart, Miriam Jorgensen, Susan Michaelson, and Manley Begay. 2001. Policing on American Indian Reservations. National Institute of Justice.
Criminal Intelligence Sharing: A National Plan for Intelligence-Led Policing At the Local, State & Federal Levels: Summit Report for International Association of Chiefs of Police. 2002.
Improving Safety in Indian Country: Summit Report for International Association of Chiefs of Police. 2001.
To learn more about NNI’s work in this area, please contact:
Miriam Jorgensen, Research Director