is nuanced and can have different applications in different states, thus it has
resulted in confusion regarding jurisdiction in Indian Country. However,
through cooperation and collaborative resource sharing, tribal and non-tribal
law enforcement can work within PL280 to benefit their jurisdictions. This
four-module curriculum is designed to provide participants with background
information and tangible strategies necessary for effectively policing PL280
1: WHAT IS PUBLIC LAW 280?
to know the history of PL280, learn when tribal, state, and federal governments
have jurisdiction, and understand the practical applications of PL280 in your state.
2: COMMUNITY POLICING
benefits and challenges to community policing and how to implement key
community policing strategies in order to enhance responsiveness to the most
challenging and frequently occurring crimes in PL280 jurisdictions.
3: TASK FORCE DEVELOPMENT
how to establish a task force, garner support for task force development,
gather resources, and adapt the task force to overcome environmental and
4: SOVEREIGNTY THROUGH EFFECTIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT
about the historical background of tribal governments in order to understand
how sovereignty can be used to foster effective law enforcement by building
capacity through regulation and tribal law.
Audience: Law enforcement and
tribal and non-tribal leadership state/government leadership.
Public Law 280 Homepage
Strategic Applications International Homepage
Cross-Deputization in Indian Country (pdf)
Promising Practices in Tribal Community Policing (pdf)
Public Safety Partnerships in Indian Country (pdf)
Successful Tribal Community Policing Initiatives: A Resource for Communities Developing Public Safety Programs and Strategies (pdf)
Department of Justice - American Indians and Crime (pdf)
Department of Justice - Public Law 280 FAQ
Department of Justice - Policing on American Indian Reservations (pdf)
National Institute of Justice - Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men (pdf)
What is Public Law 280? Learning Graphic (pdf)
Tribal Community Policing Learning Graphic (pdf)
Taskforce Development Learning Graphic (pdf)
Sovereignty Learning Graphic (pdf)