Crime Profiles in Indian Country

Ronald Stephen Patterson, Patterson Law Offices
Laurence Armand French, Western New Mexico University

Good crime data is difficult to obtain in Indian Country for a number of reasons, the primary being a reluctance by tribes to provide such data to government agencies. This study looks at the latest criminal, civil, and juvenile cases processed within the courts of the Navajo Nation -- the largest Indian group within the United States residing on the largest reservation (25,000 square miles in three states -- the size of West Virginia). This data is from October 1, 1998 to September 30, 1999 and includes Navajo District Court Criminal cases; Navajo District Court Civil cases; Navajo Family Court - Children's cases; and Navajo Family Court - Domestic Relations cases. This data is compared with the latest (1995) BIA law enforcement data on crime in Indian country.

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Updated 05/20/2006