Tribal Civil & Criminal Legal Assistance Training & Technical Assistance Project
Contracting Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance

Tribal communities face a daunting task of providing safety for tribal communities where violent crime is, according to a 2004 Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics Report, 2.5 times higher than the national norm. The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (TLOA) sought to enhance the provision of justice in Indian Country as a means to address the increasing crime rates by allowing for tribes to enhance their sentencing authority and encouraging tribes to seek out alternatives to incarceration/correctional options. However, while these provisions are necessary and welcomed by many tribal justice agencies, little guidance has been developed on how to implement the strategies encouraged by TLOA.

Throughout this 24-month project, the Council of State Governments/American Probation & Parole Association, in partnership with The University of North Dakota Tribal Judicial Institute and The National Tribal Judicial Center at the National Judicial College, propose to:

  • develop and disseminate a training needs assessment to adequately assess the training and technical assistance needs of grantees funded under the Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Grant;
  • deliver two national/regional trainings comprised of jurisdictional teams (prosecutors, judges, defense and community corrections personnel);
  • provide on-site technical assistance to up to three tribal jurisdictions ready to take the next step, beyond training, to implementation;
  • provide office-based technical assistance to up to 30 tribes;
  • develop and disseminate three project-related publications; and
  • deliver 6 webinars.

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Additional Resources

Visit the TRIBAL RESOURCE REPOSITORY which is designed to serve as a continuing resource for professionals working within Native American/Alaska Native communities in pretrial, probation, and reentry roles. Access templates of downloadable supervision forms and policy and procedure templates, downloadable publications, fact sheets, bulletins, and other guidance documents, information about training and technical assistance opportunities, and information about APPA’s Tribal Issues Committee.

Also, as part of the Tribal Repository, you may find these items useful:

Tribal Legal Code Resource: Tribal Laws Implementing TLOA Enhanced Sentencing and VAWA Enhanced Jurisdiction Guide for Drafting or Revising Tribal Laws to Implement the Enhanced Sentencing Provisions of the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) and the Special Jurisdiction Provisions of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization of 2013

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