The Hoh Indian Tribe is one of 16 federally recognized Tribes that have been selected by the Department of Justice to participate in the continued expansion of the Tribal Access Program for National …
The Hoh Indian Tribe is one of 16 federally recognized Tribes that have been selected by the Department of Justice to participate in the continued expansion of the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information.
The program provides Tribal governments with means to access, enter, and exchange data with national crime information systems, including those maintained by the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division, officials said.
The Department of Justice announced the selection of the Tribes on Tuesday.
“The department is committed to strengthening our government-to-government partnership with Tribal nations, including providing critical access to criminal databases through the Tribal Access Program,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco. “With today’s announcement, 16 additional participating Tribes will be able to register sex offenders, protect victims of domestic violence, prevent prohibited persons from obtaining firearms, and help locate missing people.”
The program provides training as well as software and biometric/biographic kiosk workstations to process fingerprints, take mugshots, and submit information to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division systems.
With the additional Tribes, there are now 123 federally recognized Tribes participating in TAP.
The Department of Justice began TAP in 2015 in response to concerns raised by Tribal leaders about the need to have direct access to federal systems.
Using TAP, Tribes have shared information about missing persons; registered convicted sex offenders; entered domestic violence orders of protection for nationwide enforcement; run criminal histories; identified and arrested fugitives; entered bookings and convictions; and completed fingerprint-based record checks for non-criminal justice purposes such as screening employees or volunteers who work with children.
The other Tribes that were newly selected are the Chickaloon Native Village; Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas; Lower Sioux Indian Community in the state of Minnesota; Oglala Sioux Tribe; Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma; Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the Fallon Reservation and Colony, Nevada; Poarch Band of Creek Indians; Prairie Island Indian Community in the State of Minnesota Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation; Quapaw Nation; Robinson Rancheria; Santee Sioux Nation, Nebraska; Skokomish Indian Tribe; and Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota.
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