Several Montana tribes will get access to TAP for national crime information

Three more Montana tribes will gain access to a United States Department of Justice database.

The Blackfeet Tribe, Crow Tribe, and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe will be able to use the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP) in 2019.

The Justice Department started TAP in August of 2015 and has expanded the program yearly.

The Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation received TAP in 2017.

The goal of TAP is to help tribes gain access to national crime information systems for both civil and criminal purposes.

The justice department will expand the number of tribes who have access to tap by more than 50 percent in 2019. This will bring the number of tribes that have access to TAP from 47 to 72.