Ex-BIA official cites need for law enforcement
Steve Juneau, a former special agent for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, says Indian Country is in desperate need of law enforcement.

Juneau, who now works for Lamar Associates, says federal funding only meets 44 percent of the staffing needs on reservations. He says the shortage prevents tribes from developing proactive approaches to crime.

As one example, the Blackfeet Nation in Montana has funding for 13 officers but Juneau said the tribe needs three times that amount. The reservation currently has the highest crime rate in Indian Country.

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Violent Crimes High on Reservation (KULR8 6/23)

Relevant Documents:
Draft Discussion Bill | Concept Paper | Press Release

Committee Notice:
BUSINESS MEETING to consider pending legislative issues, to be followed immediately by a HEARING on a draft bill to address law and order in Indian country. (June 19, 2008)

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