The US Department of Justice is once again accepting requests from federally recognized Native American tribes for access to its National Crime Reporting System and other databases, which include fingerprint biometrics.
The six-year-old Tribal Access Program currently provides 99 of the 574 recognized American Indian tribes or groups with access to systems, including the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) database, at for criminal and non-criminal purposes authorized by the federal government.
The two-tier service allows controlled tribes to perform name-based registration checks and enter property and people information (the so-called TAP-Light tier) or use the material provided by the DOJ to conduct fingerprint-based searches of the FBI’s Next-Generation Identification System. .
It is not clear whether tribes are assigned to just one of the levels.
The Department of Justice also provides training, software and kiosks for collecting biometric and biographical data as part of the program.
The application window this year is July 1 to August 31 and selections will be made in September.
Eligible tribes must have at least one of the four abilities and agree to use the biometric program to facilitate these functions.
First, a group must maintain a sex offender registry authorized by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.
He must also employ a law enforcement agency that has the power to stop.
Third, it must be a tribal court capable of issuing protection orders.
Finally, a tribe must have an agency that selects people for foster care or examines allegations of child abuse and neglect.
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