Juvenile delinquency was identified as the major problem affecting youth on Indian reservations. Causes for delinquency which were discussed included culture conflict, expectation of failure, unemployment, failure of homes and parents, discrimination, inadequate education, off-reservation schools, and alcoholism. Needs identified by tribal leaders included new services and facilities for delinquent reservation youth, training programs, and legal change for more effective handling of juveniles. Progress was reported in the areas of foster care, local involvement, alternatives to incarceration, and recreational programs. Inter-tribal cooperation, youth involvement, and leadership exercised in the form of concrete action were seen as essential to reducing delinquency among reservation youth. Consultants described programs, service organizations, and opportunities for Indian youth. A conference agenda and lists of tribal representatives and other participants are appended. (JH)
Report of a group consultation held in Denver, Colorado, March 4-6, 1970
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Colorado Univ., Boulder. Dept. of Sociology.
Office of Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.