Gangs and Native Americans

Janice Joseph, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Recent reports by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Alliance of Gang Investigators Associations state that gangs of varying levels of sophistication can now be found on most American Indian reservations and that these gangs are accountable for the dramatic increase in violent crimes in Indian country over the past decade. This paper will examine the nature and extent of gang activities among Native Americans and attempts to address this problem.

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Updated 05/20/2006