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 specifically 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, laws, scope of the problem, signs, symptoms

Victim Outreach – tribal leaders, tribal council members, tribal police departments, Indian health and social service providers

Education - specific training and technical assistance programs designed to reach tribal leaders, social and service agencies and tribal law enforcement to increase their capacity to address the contemporary issue of human trafficking in Indian Country.

Tribal Law Enforcement  -- Afternoon Session

This session is exclusively for law enforcement  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:

Protocols – Proper protocols when confronting possible human trafficking on the reservation

Practices— Enhanced collaborative investigation model

Procedures – Strategies and techniques for the detection and investigation of the crime of human trafficking.


Human Trafficking in Indian Country - Upcoming Courses:

Date:  June 11, 2015
Location:  Phoenix, AZ
Hosted by:  AZ Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol
Contact czoul@umcpi.org or 651.287.7441 for information

Date:  July 15, 2015
Location:  Morton, MN

Hosted by:  Lower Sioux Indian Community and Rasmussen College
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To host this training, please contact Dennis Cusick at dcusick@umcpi.org or 651-917-2259.


Human Trafficking in Indian Country-Tribal Youth Prevention Curriculum

    This two-day train-the-trainer course provides resources and training to adults who serve tribal youth and desire to: 1) increase the knowledge, skills and capacity of tribal youth to identify the threats of human trafficking and 2) identify resources that would strengthen protective factors and decrease the risk of victimization.

    Adults who attend this class will receive: 
    An overview of human trafficking, including awareness training specific to Native American communities,
    Training to deliver the Prevention Curriculum, including lesson plans and instructional materials to support training of tribal youth, and
    Continued coaching, mentoring and technical assistance as they train tribal youth in their community.

    After attending this course, adult facilitators will be prepared to deliver the curriculum to tribal youth ages 13-18.  The Prevention Curriculum teaches human trafficking prevention strategies, is culturally supportive, uses interactive activities, and prepares tribal youth to be role models in their communities.

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

    These projects were 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.


    Click here to move to the COPS Learning Portal and begin the training


    Contact Bill Micklus at bmicklus@umcpi.org 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.