|The extent of the youth gang problem in Indian country communities will be discussed. Data are derived from the first-ever gang survey of all federally recognized tribes in the United States. This project is funded by OJJDP in support of the Tribal Youth Program, part of the Indian Country Law Enforcement Initiative. Topics to be addressed include: the presence of youth gangs in Indian country, demographic characteristics of gang members, types and levels of criminal activity, and factors influencing the origin, growth, and persistence of gang activity in these communities. These findings should supplement localized research examining gang activity in these communities, and provide a baseline assessment to guide future research and response to gang activity in Indian country.
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