Office of Justice Programs

Indian Country

Indian Tribes/Nations/Pueblos Implementing SORNA

There are currently 108 tribal jurisdictions that have substantially implemented SORNA's requirements. Substantial Implementation Reports for each of these tribal jurisdictions are available on the SORNA page.

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.

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.

Tribal Resolutions Pursuant to the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 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.

SORNA Implementation

The SMART Office has developed the SORNA Implementation Policy and Procedures Guide to assist tribes with creating their own policy and procedures manual to describe their sex offender registration and notification program. The SORNA Implementation Policy and Procedures Guide should only be used as a starting point for developing policy and procedures for a specific tribe.

The Model Tribal Sex Offender Registration Code 2017 Revised Version is now available. The model code assists tribes in developing or updating existing sex offender registration legislation to meet SORNA requirements. The 2017 revision includes updates, drafting tips and a user-friendly layout.

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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 the SORNA Tribal Training and Program Assistance Request Form and return it to Fox Valley Technical College via email or fax to: or 920-831-5400.

The SMART Office has posted the following FBI documents to assist tribal jurisdictions in capturing and submitting finger and palm prints:

Please contact the SMART Office for information on how to request additional time to implement SORNA.

The Procedure for Delegation of Tribal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Responsibilities describes how the SMART Office determines that a tribe is unable to implement SORNA within a reasonable amount of time.

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. Visit the Tribal Access Program page for more information.

Native American Sex Offender Management Project

The Native American Sex Offender Management (NASOM) Project was created to identify and develop evidence-based and best practice resources for the management, treatment, and re-entry of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) adults and juveniles who have committed sexual offenses and are returning to tribal lands. Visit the NASOM Project page for more information.


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