What does it mean to be a tribal police officer? What are the complexities of that role? And how do tribal communities, tribal police departments, and other law enforcement agencies collaborate to
address the alarmingly high rate of violent crime in Indian country?
offers a useful introduction to a topic insufficiently discussed in the literature. The book ought to provoke practitioners and theorists to consider how better to address the complicated issues of policing in communities burdened by a colonial history, including a maze of law addressing civil and criminal jurisdiction.
—Law & Politics Book Review
Personal experiences of the officers blend with clearly written, straightforward analysis to make this book interesting and accurate.
—The Cherokee One Feather
Author Eileen Luna-Firebaugh answers these and other questions in this well-documented text about tribal government and
law enforcement in America. Based on extensive research with tribal police departments conducted over a period of eight years, Tribal Policing reveals the complicated role of police officials
in Indian country and the innovative methods they are developing to address crime within their borders and to advance tribal sovereignty in the United States.
Tribal police departments
face many challenges, such as heightened crime rates, a lack of resources (working patrol vehicles, 911 systems, access to police radios), and vast patrol areas. Luna-Firebaugh demonstrates that
tribal officers see themselves as members of the tribal community and that tribal law enforcement is a complex balance of tribal position and authority within the community.
topics, Luna-Firebaugh analyzes the structure of tribal law enforcement and the ways it differs from mainstream policing; the role of women, tribal members, and others who comprise tribal law
enforcement personnel; tribal jails and corrections; police training; and the legal, political, cultural, and historical issues that affect American Indian tribal policing. This informative text
addresses the scarcity of published material regarding tribal law enforcement and will be a welcome addition to courses in criminal justice, the administration of justice, law enforcement, and Native