"The waning of traditional Indian culture and social controls and the introduction and dominance of Western culture have contributed to a public safety crisis in Indian Country today. While Americans elsewhere are enjoying decreasing crime rates, self-reported data from crime victims indicate that the 1.4 million American Indians living in the U.S. are victims of violent crime at more than twice the rate of all U.S. residents. At the same time, the number of law enforcement officers who patrol the more than 56 million acres of tribal lands in the lower 48 States lags far behind the per capita officer ratio in non-Indian communities. The public safety crisis in Indian Country has prompted the Federal Government to rethink its approach to crime and justice on Indian lands."
National Criminal Justice Reference Service: http://www.ncjrs.gov/
National Institute of Justice Journal (April 2001), p.9-13