Tribal Communities

Change the Mascot rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Protesters at the Change the Mascot Rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The protesters believe the name Washington Redskins is offensive to Native Americans.

The United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service works with tribal communities nationwide to resolve jurisdictional tension and conflicts between tribes, border communities, and federal, state and local goverhments, as well as law enforcement agencies.  CRS has aided tribal community leaders and members by:

  • Assisting in the mediation and resolution of disputes regarding the use of sovereign reservation land by non-tribal governments, organizations, and individuals, as well as decreasing tension and developing solutions for conflicts over water, mineral, and land rights;
  • Helping tribal leaders, parents, and school administrators effectively communicate about perceived inequitable access to educational resources and harassment of Native American students by teachers and peers through mediated agreements, facilitated dialogues, and cultural sensitivity trainings;
  • Working with reservation administrators in establishing productive, working relationships with border towns, communities, and governments, and understanding the parameters and jurisdictions of the communities involved, including that of local law enforcement, by conducting mediation sessions and town hall meetings and developing mediated agreements; and
  • Supporting the efforts of non-reservation tribal communities to address perceptions of disparate practices and services.

Enclosed below are three recent examples of CRS's work with tribal communities.  Additional summaries may be located on the CRS Resource Center webpage, within the CRS Annual Reports.

Case Highlights

Updated November 12, 2015