Native American Training

Human Trafficking in Indian Country Training
This one day tribal training brings together tribal law enforcement, tribal leaders and community stakeholders to address the issue of  human trafficking in Indian Country.

 Human Trafficking (HT) in Native American tribal communities and native villages is a significant and expanding problem that includes sex trafficking and forced labor.  The victims of this crime are adults and children, both male and female. The unique, independent structure of native communities contributes to complex cultural and jurisdictional issues for tribal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in combatting these crimes.

Tribal Law Enforcement, Tribal Leaders and Community Stakeholders -- Morning Session

The  morning session is  designed for tribal law enforcement, tribal leaders and community stakeholders who desire to increase their awareness of this issue and take a proactive stance against human trafficking and its exploitive activities on tribal lands. This session features three primary components and includes:

Awareness – definitions, scope of the problem, laws, jurisdictional issues
Tribal Communities at Risk -- signs and symptoms, victim indicators
Victim Outreach
– tribal leaders, tribal council members, tribal police departments, Indian health and social service providers

Tribal Law Enforcement  -- Afternoon Session

This session is designed for law enforcement  and their partners who may investigate an HT case or may discover an HT case during the course of their duties.  Special emphasis is placed  on the development of investigation skills and case coordination with an understanding that the victim is the key focus of the investigation.  Case studies graphically illustrate successful investigations.  This session features three primary components and includes:

Practices— Enhanced collaborative investigation model and the three stages of a pro-active human trafficking investigation
Dimensions of a Human Trafficking Conspiracy – exploitation on the street, on-line, and on the phone
Protocols -- for victim interviews, strategies and techniques for the detection and investigation of the crime of human trafficking.

Human Trafficking in Indian Country - Upcoming Courses:
Date:  July 12, 2016
Location:  Rapid City, SD
Hosted by:  The Pennington County Sheriff's Office and Call to Freedom SD
Time:  Registration 7:45 am; Training 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contact or call 651.287.7441 for additional information.

To host this training, please contact Dennis Cusick at or 651-917-2259.

This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 2012-VT-BX-K015 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking.  Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Native American Training Executive Leadership E-Learning (On-line class)

UMCPI and its partner, the Community Safety Institute (CSI) developed and delivered the Native American Training Series (NATS) I, II and III -- Tribal Law Enforcement Training Conference.  UMCPI is honored to have received funding from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) to deliver these training initiatives to COPS TRGP grant recipients and other tribal law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.  We have received funding to continue delivery of "Native American Training Executive Leadership" via an e-learning class. This course, designed for Native American police executives, command staff, and supervising personnel, will prepare tribal police leaders to address today’s law enforcement challenges. The COPS Office materials selected for inclusion in this course have been adapted to be culturally acceptable to Native American leaders and combined with cutting edge 21st century leadership and management philosophies, models and best practices.

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Contact Bill Micklus at or 651-917-2255 for additional information

This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 2012-HE-WX-K001 awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice.  The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.  References to specific agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement by the author(s) or the U.S. Department of Justice.  Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues.