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Federal Govenment Expands Crime Database Access For Indian Tribes

The Federal government is expanding a program that allows some American Indian tribes to access and exchange data with national criminal databases.

The Justice Department initially chose 10 tribes, including the Pascua Yaqui tribe and the White Mountain Apache Tribe, to participate in phase one of the Tribal Access Program.

Before the data-sharing program launched last year, some tribes didn’t have access to the National Crime Information Systems, which can be used to get data on stolen property, wanted people, and sex offenders.

This week, the agency added 11 more tribes to that list, including the Navajo Nation and the Tohono O’odham Nation.