White Mountain Apache Tribe
Sex Offender Registration & Notification Act (SORNA) Program
Adam Walsh Child Protection Act 2006
Title I: Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act
Signed into law on July 27, 2006, Native American Tribes were included into this law to implement and maintain a comprehensive sex offender registration and notification program. The Adam Walsh Child Protection Act authorized new programs and initiatives designed to combat crimes against children, expand sex offender registries, ensure sex offenders are held accountable for their crimes, prevent child pornography, and make the internet safer for children through the authorizing Project Safe Childhood. Native American tribes were mandated to carry out the functions or otherwise sex offender registration would be designated to the state in which the Native American Tribes were located.
Therefore, in White Mountain Apache Tribe Resolution No. 2006-2007-223, the White Mountain Apache Tribe has agreed “to carry out the functions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act of 2006”, P.L. 109-248. This adoption to carry out the function was to avoid the unprecedented diminishment of tribal sovereignty and a possible expansion of state jurisdiction on its tribal land.Currently, the White Mountain Apache Tribe Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Program is located within the White Mountain Apache Police Department on 5 E. Sycamore Street Whiteriver, Arizona 85941 and can be contacted by phone at (928) 338-4942 Ext: 240. The SORNA Program is maintained by Elmer Lamson, SORNA Compliance Specialist.Training and Presentations regarding the SORNA Program can be requested by calling the SORNA Program at (928) 338-4942 Ext: 240.