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Purpose Code X initiative

The BIA-OJS Purpose Code X Program will provide tribal social service agencies with the information they need to protect the children they place into care in emergency situations when parents are unable to provide for their welfare.

Protocols for operating under the new program are being developed by BIA-OJS and will be tested by a select number of tribes prior to a nationwide implementation of the program.

Officer Andrew Lepkowski received the NASRO National Award of Valor for his involvement in an officer involved shooting in 2013. The incident started off the reservation during an attempted traffic stop to serve an arrest warrant on the driver. The suspect fled, resulting in a high speed chase onto the reservation, at which time US Marshals and BIA-OJS Officer Lepkowski responded. During the pursuit the suspect called an accomplice who came in a separate vehicle and fired at law enforcement officers allowing the suspect to flee. The next day, the suspect was located at a residence in Pierre, and a SWAT team was called in to assist in the apprehension. When the SWAT team entered the residence, the suspect fired multiple shots at police, injuring two officers. The suspect surrendered and was taken into custody. He eventually pled guilty to Federal charges and state charges.

Andrew Lepkowski recognition photo


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Director's Message

Darren Cruzan

"On behalf of the men and women of the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Office of Justice Services, I would like to welcome you to our recently updated web page. We believe this site will provide answers to many of your questions about the services we provide to our Indian Country communities.

I appreciate your interest in the BIA Office of Justice Services and it is my hope that through this web site you come to know your public servants a little better, and see the exceptional level of dedication to duty BIA Office of Justice Services employees provide."

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