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Recently Launched: Tribal Access to Justice Innovation Website

Sponsored by BJA, the Tribal Access to Justice Innovation website highlights innovative tribal justice programs from around the country in an effort to provide ideas to reformers looking to address common challenges.


Project T.E.A.M., a BJA-funded training and technical assistance provider, has published a manual for tribal and community leaders who want to develop joint jurisdiction courts or initiatives in their own communities. Joint Jurisdiction Courts: A Manual for Developing Tribal, Local, State & Federal Justice Collaborations, is a guide that describes the process developed in one Minnesota community and adopted by other jurisdictions including communities in California and Alaska. The manual describes the benefits of intergovernmental collaboration, and provides suggested guidelines for developing a new joint jurisdiction justice collaborative based on identified needs, tribal and community culture, evidence-based treatment principals, articulated goals, and defined outcomes and includes best practices and lessons learned from Project T.E.A.M.’s work. The manual and supplementary materials can be found on the Project T.E.A.M. website: http://www.ohsu.edu/projectteam/manual.

Manual Now Available for Joint Jurisdiction Courts
The Center for Evidence Based Policy at Oregon Health and Science University in partnership with Project Together Everyone Achieves More, a BJA-funded training and technical assistance provider, has published Joint Jurisdiction Courts: A Manual for Developing Tribal, Local, State & Federal Justice Collaborations. This resource is a roadmap for tribal, state, local, federal, and community leaders who want to develop joint jurisdiction courts or initiatives in their own communities. See the Joint Jurisdiction Court webpage on the Walking On Common Ground website for additional information about the manual and for access to supplementary materials.

DOJ Tribal Justice Safety website: https://www.justice.gov/tribal

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Training and Technical Assistance webpage of DOJ Tribal Justice Safety
https://www.justice.gov/tribal/training-and-technical-assistance 

National American Indian Court Judges Association
The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) serves as the lead training and technical assistance (TTA) provider to grantees and subgrantees of the Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) Program. Deliverables can be found at NAICJA website.  TCCLA grantees, subgrantees, Indian tribes, and tribal justice systems interested in TTA, please complete the online TTA request form.

American Probation and Parole Association
BJA through the American Probation and Parole Association provides TTA to TCCLA grantees, subgrantees, Indian tribes and tribal justice systems interested in implementing enhanced sentencing authority authorized by the Tribal Law and Order Act. Publication and other material can be found at the Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Training and Technical Assistance Program on the APPA website. For TTA, please complete the online TTA request form.

Norena Henry
Senior Policy Advisor
202-616-3205
E-mail: Norena.Henry@ojp.usdoj.gov

Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Fact Sheet: Purpose Area 2 - Comprehensive Tribal Justice Systems Strategic Planning, BJA-Sponsored, February 2018. This fact sheet provides an overview of, highlights benefits of, and presents grantees of Purpose Area #2 of the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation.
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Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Fact Sheet: Purpose Area 3 - Tribal Justice Systems, BJA-Sponsored, February 2018. This fact sheet provides an overview of Purpose Area #3 of the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation.
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Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Fact Sheet: Purpose Area 4 - Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Program, BJA-Sponsored, February 2018. This fact sheet provides an overview of Purpose Area #4 of the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation.
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Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: Treatment Guidelines (2nd Edition), BJA-Sponsored, November 2017. This resource provides tribal communities with an overview of Western substance abuse treatment strategies, drawing upon drug court standards and best practices, and the experiences of hundreds of tribal and state adult and juvenile drug courts.
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BJA Strategies to Support Tribal Reentry, The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) offers strategies that can support tribes and states interested in implementing effective post-reentry assessment, supervision, and services for tribal members serving in federal, state and local settings, as well as pre-reentry services in tribal and state prisons and jails.
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Tribal Legal Code Resource: Civil Dependency and Related Laws - Guide for Drafting or Revising Tribal Civil Dependency and Related Laws, BJA-Sponsored, April 2017. This resource is designed to be used while drafting new or amended tribal statutory provisions. It was developed to provide a starting point for drafting and revising tribal laws related to child dependency matters.
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Intersecting Laws: The Tribal Law and Order Act and the Indian Civil Rights Act, BJA-Sponsored, October 2016. This publication explains the expanded sentencing rights of Indian tribes under the Tribal Law and Order Act and how those rights must be exercised consistent with the rights of criminal defendants protected by the Indian Civil Rights Act.
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Tribal Law and Order Act: Enhanced Sentencing Authority -- Tribal Code Development Considerations Quick-Reference Overview & Checklist, BJA-Sponsored, July 2015. This resource provides information about and requirements of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. Included are quick-reference tools to help facilitate discussion and guide the tribal code review, amendment, and development process.
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Enhanced Sentencing in Tribal Courts: Lessons Learned From Tribes, BJA-Sponsored, January 2015. This publication is designed to provide a brief overview of the changes under the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 regarding enhanced sentencing authority, offer considerations for correctional/detention and community corrections programming related to enhanced sentences, and provide tribes with a checklist to help guide discussions around implementation of enhanced sentencing authority.
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More BJA Publications

Under Categories 1 and 2, who is eligible to apply?  Answer

Under Category 3, who is eligible to apply?   Answer

May Category 2 resources be used during tribal criminal proceedings?   Answer

Can resources in Categories 1 and 2 be used to provide legal assistance on juvenile matters to federally recognized Indian tribes, members of federally recognized Indian tribes, or tribal justice systems?   Answer

All grant categories have a 24-month project period. Must an applicant then include a 24-month budget narrative and budget detail plan in their application?   Answer

What are allowable and unallowable costs?   Answer

Can I submit more than one proposal?   Answer

Where can I learn about other funding opportunities?   Answer

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Tribal Justice Plan Publicly Released
The U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Interior (DOI) are pleased to announce the release of the congressionally-mandated Long Term Plan to Build and Enhance Tribal Justice Systems (Tribal Justice Plan), which responds to sections 211, 241, and 244 of the Tribal Law and Order Act. DOJ and DOI were asked by Congress to develop long-term plans to address incarceration in Indian Country and alternatives to incarceration. We have further enhanced the plan to include offender reentry. 

Awards
Visit the OJP Award Data site for access to grant awards made through this program.

Bureau of Justice Assistance Tribal Training & Technical Assistance Provider Directory 2013-2014
With guidance from BJA, the National Criminal Justice Training Center at Fox Valley Technical College developed this directory of technical assistance (TA) providers for tribal justice programs. The guide includes information about TA providers’ areas of expertise, conferences, and publications and other resources.

Federal Resources for Tribal Criminal Defense & Juvenile Delinquency Representation


Announcement:

Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Grants, Training and Technical Assistance

The FY 2018 Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Grants, Training and Technical Assistance solicitation and associated frequently asked questions are now available. This program supports the Department’s goals by enhancing tribal-state relations, providing legal assistance, and sharing promising strategies to address public safety and respond to violent crimes in Indian Country. Apply by: July 2, 2018.


Funding Available to Address Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Needs

BJA has released the FY 2017 Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Program Training and Technical Assistance Initiative solicitation. This program assists tribes with renovation and expansion projects to address tribal justice system infrastructure needs. Apply by: March 21, 2017.


FY 2017 CTAS Funding Now Available

The Department of Justice has released the FY 2017 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), which provides Tribes with funding to enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, prevent and control crime, serve victims, and support other efforts to combat crime. Apply by February 28, 2017.


Enhanced Sentencing in Tribal Courts

BJA, in partnership with the American Probation and Parole Association, the National Tribal Judicial Center, and the Tribal Judicial Institute, has released “Enhanced Sentencing in Tribal Courts: Lessons Learned From Tribes.” This publication provides a brief overview of the changes under the Tribal Law & Order Act (TLOA) of 2010 regarding enhanced sentencing authority, offers considerations for correctional/detention and community corrections programming related to enhanced sentences, and provides tribes with a checklist to help guide discussions around implementation of enhanced sentencing authority.


Tribal, County Courts Join To Hear Family, Juvenile Cases

The Superior Court of El Dorado County (CA) and the Shingle Springs Tribal Court will collaborate to create a court for juvenile and family court cases. Oregon Health & Sciences University’s Evidence-Based Practices Center, through BJA's Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program, will provide intensive technical assistance to help build capacity.


Funding:

Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Grants, Training and Technical Assistance
Application Deadline: 07/02/2018, 11:59 PM
BJA seeks applications under the Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) Program. The TCCLA Program supports the Department’s goals by enhancing tribal-state relations, providing legal assistance, and sharing promising strategies to address public safety and respond to violent crimes in Indian Country.
Solicitation  FAQs


Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Program Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
Application Deadline: 03/23/2017, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for funding under the Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Training and Technical Assistance Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by assisting tribes with renovation and expansion projects to address tribal justice system infrastructure needs.
Solicitation


FY 2017 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)
Application Deadline: 02/28/2017, 09:00 PM
This solicitation provides federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia an opportunity to develop a comprehensive and coordinated approach to public safety and victimization issues and to apply for funding. See Purpose Areas 2-4 for BJA-specific information.
Overview  Solicitation  FAQ  Fact Sheet


FY 2015 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)
Application Deadline: 02/24/2015, 09:00 PM
The Department of Justice's CTAS provides funding to support public safety, victim services, and crime prevention improvements for American Indian and Alaska Native governments.
Solicitation


FY 2014 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)
Application Deadline: 03/24/2014, 07:00 PM
The Department of Justice's CTAS provides funding to support public safety, victim services, and crime prevention improvements for American Indian and Alaska Native governments.
Solicitation


Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) Grants, Training, and Technical Assistance FY 2013 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/04/2013, 11:59 PM
TCCLA provides funding to non-profits and organizations for quality legal assistance targeting members of Indian tribes and tribal justice systems and quality technical assistance to support development and enhancement of tribal justice systems.
Solicitation  FAQs


FY 2013 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)
Application Deadline: 03/19/2013, 09:00 PM
The Department of Justice's CTAS provides funding to support public safety, victim services, and crime prevention improvements for American Indian and Alaska Native governments.
CTAS Information


Tribal Justice System Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/31/2012, 11:59 PM
This program focuses on funding national TTA efforts for enhancing tribal and state collaborations; comprehensive strategic planning; building tribal capacity to plan, develop, or enhance diversion and community corrections capacity; enhancing tribal justice information sharing efforts; and other tribal justice system capacity building TTA efforts.
Solicitation


Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) Grants, Training, and Technical Assistance FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/17/2012, 11:59 PM
TCCLA provides funding to non-profits and organizations for quality legal assistance targeting members of Indian tribes and tribal justice systems and quality technical assistance to support development and enhancement of tribal justice systems.
Solicitation


Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) Grants, Training, and Technical Assistance FY 2011 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/12/2011, 11:59 PM
TCCLA grants enhance tribal justice systems and improve access to those systems.
Solicitation  FAQ


Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) Grants, Training, and Technical Assistance FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/27/2010, 08:59 PM
TCCLA grants enhance tribal court systems and improve access to those systems.
Solicitation  FAQ

 

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