By Kyle Midura
BILLINGS - An effort to protect children is underway by better tracking sex offenders on reservations.
The Adam Walsh Act requires states to compile a sex offender registry and make it available online. Indian reservations have had compliance issues in the past, and federal and tribal law enforcement officials discussed solutions Wednesday.
Roosevelt County Sheriff Freedom Crawford said cooperation between agencies is key to success. "It's extremely important,” he said, “regardless of jurisdictional issues, regardless of if you're state or tribal, bottom line is we're here to protect our kids."
Tribes have until 2011 to come into complete compliance with the Adam Walsh Act.