Casey Family Programs and the National Indian Child Welfare Association, 2000. The purpose of this research project was to obtain data regarding the current status of child abuse and/or neglect of Native American children in the United States. Specifically, this project researched the path of child abuse and/or neglect data for children in American Indian/Alaska Native tribes and the States in which they are located. This study was designed to gauge the accuracy of national statistics on child abuse and neglect, which must draw on data from the tribal level. States were surveyed to ascertain if they collect data from the tribes for entry into State or national data systems.