Crime on Native Lands
- Native American Crime in the Northwest: 2004 - 2010
The Montana Board of Crime Control’s Statistical Analysis Center received grant funding through the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to collect tribal land crime data. In the spring of 2005, the Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) began the project to collect crime statistics on tribal lands within District 5 of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Through a cooperative partnership with the BIA, BJS, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies, the MBCC is collecting and analyzing the BIAs tribal crime data for the District. The most recent 2004 – 2009 crime statistics were compiled from over 40 Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies in six states including: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Crime data has been collected on all seven federally recognized tribal agencies in Montana. The MBCC continues to analyze the data and publish the results. The 2004 – 2009 report is the most recent comprehensive report. The MBCC’s SAC has received a State Justice Statistics grant to continue the data collection through 2010.
Another result of the project is informational brochures for each tribal agency in Montana, Idaho, and Washington which combines data and general information about each tribe within their respective states. The brochures contain crime data, demographics, and geographic information.
This project has helped to raise awareness to the importance of collecting crime data on tribal lands. The data has been used by the MBCC and tribal agencies to apply for grants and target resources in a strategic way. The data has been used during grant writing workshops in Great Falls, Fort Peck, Browning, Crow Agency, and Fort Belknap. Lastly, the information gathered has been very important in helping the MBCC understand the crime reporting processes in place on Montana’s tribal lands. This project has also helped to identify weaknesses in the current crime data collection methods.Publications
- Montana Aggregate Tribal Brochure
- Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Manual: Collecting Tribal Crime Data