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Project seeks to create Indian Country crime database
Minneapolis Police Sgt. Bill Blake, a member of the Red Lake Nation, is using a $600,000 grant from the Department of Justice to create an Indian Country crime database.

Blake is working with fellow police officer Larry Loonsfoot, a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, to create the system. It will be called I-CARE -- Indian Crime Awareness Research and Evaluation.

The goal of the system is to help tribes track crime, identify problem areas and respond to them."We're never going to be able to address these problems and make things better in tribal communities when it comes to crime and quality of life unless we get the data," Blake tells the Associated Press.

George Goggleye Jr., the chairman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota, welcomes the project. His tribe has already been collecting data and sharing with local law enforcement agencies.

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