Indian Tribes/Nations/Pueblos Implementing SORNA
Tribal Access Program
The SMART Office is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has established the Tribal Access Program (TAP) to provide tribal jurisdictions access to federal crime information databases. This program is heavily informed and driven by tribes, pueblos, and nations working to implement SORNA and by the SMART Office's commitment to resolving the information sharing issues brought to our attention by our tribal jurisdictions. The SMART Office worked with DOJ's Justice Management Division and the Office of Tribal Justice to find a solution for all tribes. The SMART Office has fully funded the initial phase of this program and therefore the first ten tribes selected consist entirely of SORNA tribes. Learn more about TAP here.
Tribal Training & Technical Assistance
The SMART Office’s training and technical assistance team can provide support to tribes, nations and pueblos working towards substantial implementation. Typical methods of assistance have been arranged through onsite assistance, utilizing conference calls or webinar technology, peer-to-peer support as well as onsite support with training and community outreach events. If your tribal jurisdiction is interested in receiving assistance, please fill out this form and return it to Fox Valley Technical College via email or fax to: firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-831-5400.
Substantial Implementation Reports: Indian Country
For more information about those Indian nation, tribe, and pueblo registration and notification systems that have been found to have substantially implemented SORNA, please see the SMART Office reviews.
Requests for Additional Time
Please contact the SMART Office for information on how to request additional time to implement SORNA.
This document describes the procedure that will be used when the SMART Office determines that a tribe is unable to implement SORNA within a reasonable amount of time.
SORNA Implementation Policy and Procedures Guide
The SMART Office has developed this guide to assist tribes with creating their own policy and procedures manual to describe their sex offender registration and notification program. This guide should only be used as a starting point for developing policy and procedures for a specific tribe.
Finger and Palm Print Information
The SMART Office has posted the following FBI documents to assist tribal jurisdictions in capturing and submitting finger and palm prints:
- How to order fingerprint cards and training aids
- How to complete fingerprint card
- Criminal fingerprint guidelines
- Personal descriptors
- State and country data codes
- Guidelines for capturing palm prints and supplementals
Adam Walsh Act
Pursuant to §127 of the Adam Walsh Act all federally recognized Indian tribes are entitled to elect whether to carry out the requirements of this section or delegate the functions to the state(s) in which the tribal land is located.
This document lists all 562 federally recognized tribes, indicates their eligibility to elect to fulfill sex offender registry functions under the Walsh Act, and indicates which tribes have made such an election.
- DNA Submission by SORNA Tribal Jurisdictions
- Guidance for Indian Tribes on submitting materials to the SMART Office
- Justice Programs Council on Native American Affairs (JPCNAA)
- Revised Model Tribal Sex Offender Registration Code (PDF)
- Revised Model Tribal Sex Offender Registration Code (DOC)
- Tribal Justice and Safety in Indian Country Web Site
- Tribal and Territory Sex Offender Registry System Fact Sheet