Private Investigations on Indian Reservations

By Stephanie Irvine

Private investigators’ work can span a wide range of services, from surveillance to skip tracing and researching information. For surveillance specifically, private investigators may surveil targets at their place of work, homes, and social events.

While all of this is standard protocol, extra steps must be taken when handling jobs that occur in places that require special circumstances, such as on Indian reservations. With various Indian reservations across the United States, it is not unheard of that a private investigator may need to conduct work within a reservation’s borders.

Law on Indian Reservations

Indian reservations present distinct challenges to private investigators due to their independent legal standing. Indian reservations are federally recognized and managed by the FBI as well a the United States Department of the Interior of Indian Affairs. According to the United States Department of the Interior of Indian Affairs, there are 573 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives, with approximately 300 reservations.

To begin with, you must understand that Indian reservations, though federally recognized, are not governed by state law. Instead, the relationship between the United States and a reservation is a “government-to-government principle”. The United States government treats Indian …read more

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