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NCJ Number: 235247 Find in a Library
Title: A Victim-Centered Approach to Crimes Against American Indian and Alaska Native Children
Author(s): Pat Sekaquaptewa, J.D.; Roe Bubar, J.D.; JoAnne Cook, J.D.
Corporate Author: Tribal Law and Policy Institute
United States of America
Date Published: August 2008
Page Count: 223
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
Tribal Law and Policy Institute
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Grant Number: 2000-VI-GX-0001;2003-VI-GX-0007; 2006-VI-GX-0001
Sale Source: Tribal Law and Policy Institute
8235 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 211
West Hollywood, CA 90046
United States of America
Document: Doc|PDF
Type: Technical Assistance
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In presenting an approach for American-Indian and Alaska-Native tribes to consider in addressing crimes against their children, this guidebook draws on the laws of various nations and the cultural backgrounds of these Native tribes in presenting a victim-centered approach for protecting their children.
Abstract: This guide is designed to be used by legal drafting committees of tribal governments when drafting new or amended tribal statutory provisions. These provisions may compose various parts of the tribal code, but are likely to be found in the criminal code, rules of court, and/or the rules of evidence. This is in contrast to provisions found in the dependency and/or delinquency codes (also known as “children’s codes”). This guide is essentially an overview of the comparative laws and the underlying policies that impact the well-being of children from two perspectives: Federal anti-violence and victim-assistance legislation; and tribal law, including customs, traditions, and generally accepted practices that promote the well-being of children. The development of tribal law involves careful consideration of both the needs and values of the tribal community and researched and tested innovation in Federal and State law. Issues that may be important to tribes are a commitment to reinforce customs, traditions, and/or generally accepted local practices; the use of traditional or alternative dispute-resolution practices; a commitment to pursue traditional or therapeutic healing practices; recognition of traditional or respected authorities, leaders, or elders; and recognition of the role, duties, obligations, privileges, and rights of relatives of a certain type. Chapter exercises and a list of additional resources
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Aborigines; Alaska; American Indians; Child abuse; Child abuse prevention; Child abuse reporting statutes; Indian justice; Legislation; OVC grant-related documents; Tribal
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