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Juvenile Justice Journal, Volume VII, Number 2 (American Indian Issue)
(NCJ 184747) December 2000
OJJDP Juvenile Justice Journal, Journal, 40 page(s)
Andrews, C., Sanchez-Way, R., Johnson, S.
Presents three feature articles, each of which provides a compendium of information on preventing and combating delinquency among American Indian youth. The first article—an interview with U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell—explains why character building is crucial to addressing the challenges facing American Indian youth. The second article reports on the OJJDP Tribal Youth Program, established by Congress in 1999 to address the rising rate of juvenile crime in tribal communities. The program is a crucial part of the Indian Country Law Enforcement Initiative, inaugurated by the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior that same year. Culture has an important role to play in preventing delinquency among American Indian youth. The third article describes how cultural identification makes adolescents less vulnerable to risk factors for drug use and better able to benefit from protective factors than children lacking such identification. The In Brief section includes information about OJJDP's ongoing research and demonstration efforts and provides lists of resources and publications related to American Indian youth.
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