Source: (2006) In, Ross, Jeffrey Ian and Gould, Larry, editors, Native Americans and the Criminal Justice System, Paradigm Publisher, Boulder, London. pp.117-133

Tribal police departments are perfectly positioned to reflect the best in American policing. They are close to their communities, generally reflect the diversity of those communities, and are in the early stages of development. The important of this early stage cannot be overstated, as bad habits and tolerance of misconduct have not yet had the opportunity to become deeply rooted in the departments. Tribal police departments are thus at a critical stage in their development. Making the correct decisions now will be of great significance for the development of tribal police programs in the future, as well as for the enhancement of tribal sovereignty and self-governance. (excerpt)