Source: (2006) In, Ross, Jeffrey Ian and Gould, Larry, editors, Native Americans and the Criminal Justice System, Paradigm Publisher, Boulder, London. Pp.197-215

Although juvenile crime in the rest of the country has been dropping, crimes by juveniles have been rising steadily in many Native American communities. Unfortunately, the Navajo Nation is no exception. Data on Native American delinquency are notoriously hard to collect. Based on preliminary data collected from the files of the Navajo Nation Departments of Criminal Investigation and Law Enforcement, this chapter provides an overview of juvenile crime by Navajo Nation young people and describes some of the innovative strategies that have been developed to prevent crime and recidivism. These strategies focus on providing culturally knowledgeable and sensitive services to youth, their families and the community. (excerpt)