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The US Justice Department recently announced that it will share criminal information held in federal databases with 10 Native American tribes in a new pilot program.

 

The US Justice Department recently announced that it will share criminal information held in federal databases with 10 Native American tribes in a new pilot program.

 

The pilot program will provide access, computer equipment, and training to the selected tribal law enforcement agencies. Participating tribes will get biometric and biographic computer workstations, giving them the ability to process fingerprints and palm prints, take mug shots and submit records to national databases, according to The Washington Post.

 

A recent White House Tribal Nations Conference brought members from all 567 federally recognized tribes to Washington to interact directly with high-level federal government officials and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs.

 

Read the full Washington Post article about this innovative information sharing pilot program here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/american-indian-police-departments-to-get-access-to-federal-criminal-databases/2015/11/05/01467b00-834b-11e5-8ba6-cec48b74b2a7_story.html