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ILOC Report: A Roadmap For Making Native America Safer

The Indian Law and Order Commission has released its final report and recommendations—A Roadmap For Making Native America Safer—as required by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. These recommendations are intended to make Native American and Alaska Native nations safer and more just for all U.S. citizens and to reduce the unacceptably high rates of violent crime that have plagued Indian country for decades. This report reflects one of the most comprehensive assessments ever undertaken of criminal justice systems servicing Native American and Alaska Native communities. Read the press release or view the report.


Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) Webinars
Components within the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of the Interior sponsored two TLOA webinar sessions on the following topics:

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.

We appreciate and thank all those who commented on and helped to finalize the Tribal Justice Plan.

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.

State & Tribal Collaboration Webinar Series
Funded by BJA and jointly hosted by the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), this webinar series aims to enhance state and tribal collaboration and highlight the benefits of intergovernmental coordination. Each webinar in this series focuses on a different aspect of state and tribal collaboration. See the NCJA site to find upcoming webinars or to view previous ones.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Training and Technical Assistance Resources to Support Tribal Justice Plan Implementation

Outreach Opportunities
BJA and the BIA have created several ways for Tribal Nations to participate in the development and implementation of the Tribal Justice Plan. Below provides information on past outreach activities and other opportunities. This is followed by additional information and resources from BJA programs and other partners' activities.

  • State and Tribal Collaboration Webinar Series: Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and jointly hosted by the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), this webinar series aims to enhance state and tribal collaboration and highlight the benefits of intergovernmental coordination. Each webinar in this series focuses on a different aspect of state and tribal collaboration.
  • Webinars with NCAI and NCJA: BJA, with NCAI and NCJA and BIA are hosting a series of webinars on issues related to the TLOA Tribal Justice Plan and on intergovernmental collaboration (federal, state, tribal, and local). To date, seminars on the TLOA Act Overview, Tribal Jurisdiction, and an Overview to the Long Term Detention plan have been hosted and information is posted on the Tribal Law and Order Resource Center site. These webinars are interactive-they have a 30-minute presentation of the issue followed by a 60-minute period for questions and answers. The comments and responses will be transcribed and used to inform the Tribal Justice Plan to Congress. To register, see the Tribal Law and Order Resource Center site.
  • Focus Groups: To ensure that we receive the input of tribal courts, law enforcement, and corrections leaders, BJA is hosting focus groups to seek the input and expertise of the tribal leaders managing these agencies to assist with the planning of the report.
  • Fall/Winter 2010/2011 Consultations: In October 2010, BIA hosted a series of TLOA Consultations during which comments on the Tribal Justice Plan were discussed. DOJ also hosted Consultations in December 2010 and March 2010 on TLOA review and sought comments on the Tribal Justice Plan. These transcripts are being reviewed and the comments on the plan and tribal justice being shared with the TLOA Working Group to inform the Tribal Justice Plan.
  • May 2011 Consultation: On May 10-11, 2011, DOJ and DOI, through BIA, co-hosted a consultation specific to the Tribal Justice Plan. The first day provided technical sessions about the TLOA Long Term Plan, and the consultation was hosted on the second day.
  • Tell TLOA: BJA has created an e-mail account to collect written comments on the Tribal Justice Plan. Please share your challenges, strategies, ideas and thoughts with TellTLOA@usdoj.gov. All comments will be reviewed and considered in the development of the plan.
  • Draft Tribal Justice Plan and Public Comment: The draft of the congressionally-mandated Tribal Justice Plan (formerly known as the Long Term Plan for Incarceration in Indian Country) was released for comment from July 15-19, 2011. Indian tribes, advocates, and contractors submitted 40 comments, sharing their concerns and recommendations. Each of these comments was discussed by DOJ and DOI staff, and most recommendations were included in the final Tribal Justice Plan.

Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA): Long Term Plan to Build and Enhance Tribal Justice Systems, The Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) has created a tremendous opportunity for Tribal Nations across the United States to enhance their tribal justice systems and improve safety in Indian country.
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Tribal Crime Data Reporting: A Step-By-Step Guide for Native American Tribes to Begin Sharing Crime Data Statistics Using UCR, (NCJ 238695) Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Center for Rural Law Enforcement, and the Criminal Justice Institute, 2012. This handbook is a complete, step-by-step guide for Tribal law enforcement agencies that are considering implementing the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system.
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Promising Strategies: Public Law 280, This report features 10 promising programs in which confrontation between tribal and state governments has given way to enhanced understanding, negotiation, and cooperative action.
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Bureau of Justice Assistance Tribal Training & Technical Assistance Provider Directory 2013-2014, BJA-Sponsored, December 2013. This directory of technical assistance (TA) providers for tribal justice programs also includes information about TA providers' areas of expertise, conferences, publications, and other resources.
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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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More BJA Publications


Announcement:

New CTAS Fact Sheet Available

With support from BJA, the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College and the Tribal Judicial Institute at the University of North Dakota School of Law have released the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation: Purpose Area #3 fact sheet, which discusses the Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program and the Tribal Courts Assistance Program.


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.


DOJ Awards $87 Million To Enhance, Support Tribal Justice and Safety

On September 22, DOJ announced the awarding of 169 grants to American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, tribal consortia, and tribal designees. The grants will provide more than $87 million to enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in nine purpose areas including public safety and community policing; justice systems planning; alcohol and substance abuse; corrections and correctional alternatives; violence against women; juvenile justice; and tribal youth programs.


Funding:

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


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


Fiscal Year 2012 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)
Application Deadline: 04/18/2012, 08:59 PM
The funding can be used to conduct comprehensive planning, enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, support and enhance tribal efforts to prevent and control delinquency and strengthen the juvenile justice system, prevent youth substance abuse, serve sexual assault and elder victims, and support other efforts to combat crimes and assist law enforcement.
Solicitation  Fact Sheet  CTAS Resources

 

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