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Wind River Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Office Is Fully Operational

August 22, 2012

United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming, Christopher A. Crofts announced today that after four and a half years of planning and negotiating, the Wind River Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act office, which will serve as the sole sex offender registry for the Wind River Indian Reservation began conducting registration on August 17, 2012, at its Ethete, Wyoming office. U.S. Attorney Crofts thanked and congratulated WRSORNA Director Kendra Smith, who was instrumental in drafting the necessary legislation which was eventually passed by both the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Business Councils. In addition, each Tribe’s governing body entered into memorandums of agreement to allow the necessary information sharing with the Wyoming Sex Offender Registry. Wyoming Sex Offender Registry officials also dedicated much time and effort to ensuring the successful transition of sex offenders from a state-only registration, to the tribal registry. The Bureau of Indian Affairs and Wind River Police Department also joined in to make the tribal registry possible. U.S. Attorney Crofts applauded the efforts of the WRSORNA office, each Tribe, state officials, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, noting that a joint tribal sex offender registry will increase the safety of all citizens in and around Wyoming and Wind River communities by ensuring sex offenders are properly identified, registered and tracked. U.S. Attorney Crofts hopes the joint efforts which made the WRSORNA office a reality may serve as a model to all future efforts to strengthen Wyoming and Wind River community safety.

Persons with questions about the WRSORNA registry should contact Director Kendra Smith at (307) 840-2709.


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