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Nine Tribes ‘Substantially’ Implemented Sex Offender Registries

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Nine tribes have "substantially implemented" sex offender registration systems, stated the Deparment of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) in a press release. More tribal nations will potentially meet the guidelines, as the DOJ reviews recent submissions sent close to the July 27 deadline.

SMART administers the requirements of Title 1: the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), which is Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. It requires tribes, states and territories to develop registries.

Tribes that decline to submit sex offender registries will automatically cede authority to the state.

Thus far, DOJ has approved the registries submitted by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon, the Yakama Nation of Washington, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan, the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan, the Pueblo of Isleta in New Mexico, the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona and the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington.

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"Due to the number of recent submissions, we do not yet have a complete count of how many jurisdictions were able to implement [systems] by the deadline," Linda Baldwin, the director of the SMART Office at DOJ, said in a press release. "We are reviewing submissions as quickly as possible and will announce decisions about additional jurisdictions in the coming months as the reviews are completed."