American Indians make up a disproportionate number of inmates, relative to their population.1 Many of them, particularly urban Indians and those who have lived their entire lives off-reservation, have not learned much about their specific tribal histories and cultural practices, and wish to spend their prison time educating themselves. For the past 16 years, through word of mouth, prisoners have written to UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center, requesting books and other reading materials that inform them about their tribes. Even Native peoples incarcerated in tribal facilities have a great need for books and other resources, as many tribal jails are operating above their capacity.2 But don’t take it from us: listen to their own words: click here.
- From the O’Mara Law Group: If Family or Friend is Arrested – omaralawgroup.com/what-to-know-if-family-friend-arrested/
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2 Todd D. Minton, “Jails in Indian Country, 2012,” U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin, June 2013, NCJ 242187.