Twelve Tribes Selected for National Crime Information Program
The Department of Justice selected 12 other federally recognized tribes to participate in the expansion of the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP), a program that provides tribal governments with the means to access, enter and exchange data with national crime information systems, including those maintained by the Division of Crime Services. Criminal Justice Information (CJIS) from the FBI and the States.
“Prompt access to federal criminal information can help protect victims of domestic violence, secure children in foster care, solve crimes, and apprehend fugitives on tribal lands, among other important uses.” Said Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco. âIncreasing tribal access to criminal databases is a priority for the Department of Justice and this administration, and essential to many efforts by tribal governments to strengthen public safety in their communities.
The program provides training as well as biometric / biographical kiosk software and workstations to process fingerprints, take photos, and submit information to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Service (CJIS) systems. Along with these additional tribes, there are now 108 federally recognized tribes participating in TAP.
TAP has been an important resource for the ministry’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Initiative and the Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, known as Operation Lady Justice. . The Department of Justice launched the TAP in 2015 in response to concerns expressed by tribal leaders about the need for direct access to federal systems.
Using TAP, the tribes shared information about missing people; registered convicted sex offenders; entered domestic violence protection orders for nationwide enforcement; manage criminal history; fugitives identified and arrested; entry of reservations and convictions; and performed fingerprint-based record checks for non-criminal purposes, such as screening employees or volunteers who work with children.
The following tribes have recently been selected to participate in TAP:
- Confederate Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation
- Umpqua Cow Creek Band
- Fort Belknap Indian Community
- Grand Traverse Ottawa and Chippewa Music
- Havasupai Tribe
- Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
- Menominee tribe
- Thousand Lakes Band of Ojibwe
- Muckleshoot Tribe
- Passamaquoddy tribe
- Miwok Shingle Springs Band
- United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
The TAP is managed by the Office of the Director of Information of the Department of Justice and the Office of Tribal Justice. It is funded by the Office of Sentencing, Supervision, Arrest, Registration and Tracking of Sex Offenders (SMART), Office of Community-Based Policing (COPS), the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the Office Against Violence Against Women. (OVW).