A report with videos and quotes from four Native youth-led, virtual Town Hall meetings where youth share concerns about public safety and tribal juvenile justice issues. The Town Halls featured Native youths’ responses to a series of questions posed to tribal leaders in a previous tribal consultation sponsored by the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Native youth in every region expressed the importance of community connectedness and the traditional sense of belonging as critical to feeling safe in their communities. Elders are viewed as having a vital role in creating community safety for Native youth and tribal communities.
Date Published: January 3, 2022