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Youth Gangs in Indian Country
(NCJ 202714) March 2004
OJJDP Youth Gang Series, Bulletin, 16 page(s)
Major, A.K., Egley, A., Jr., Howell, J.C., Mendenhall, B., Armstrong, T.
Describes the nature and makeup of youth gangs in Indian Country. Drawing on research findings from a survey conducted by the National Youth Gang Center (NYGC), this Bulletin presents data regarding the presence and effect of youth gang activity in Indian Country and provides an overview of programmatic responses to the problem. To better understand the gang problem in Indian Country, the Bulletin compares data from NYGCs 2000 Survey of Youth Gangs in Indian Country with data from a national sample of survey respondents and from a field study of gangs in the Navajo Nation. Drawing on these research findings, the Bulletin proposes proven prevention, intervention, and suppression strategies to address the problem of youth gangs in Indian Country.
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