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NCJ Number: 162811 Find in a Library
Title: Federal Commitment to Tribal Justice Systems
Journal: Judicature  Volume:79  Issue:3  Dated:(November-December 1995)  Pages:113- 117
Author(s): J Reno
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Litigation practice and a series of projects of the Department of Justice support the Federal Government's longstanding policy of self-determination for American Indian tribes and the recent efforts to strengthen tribal courts.
Abstract: In April 1994, the President reinforced longstanding Federal policy by directing Federal agencies to deal with Indian tribes on a government-to-government basis when tribal governmental or treaty rights are at issue. In June 1995, the Department of Justice issued its policy on Indian sovereignty and government-to-government relations with Indian tribes. In response to recommendations from tribal leaders, the Justice Department has established the Office of Tribal Justice to coordinate the department's policy toward tribes, both within the department and with other government agencies. In September 1995 the department designated 45 tribal governments nationwide as Tribal Court- DOJ Partnership Projects. The department has also taken the initiative, in cooperation with interested tribal governments, in facilitating the convening of Federal court on or near reservations to improve law enforcement in Indian country. Other programs include civil litigation support and justice program grants. Photographs
Main Term(s): Tribal court system
Index Term(s): American Indians; Criminology; Federal aid; Indian affairs; Indian justice; Intergovernmental relations; Jurisdiction; US Department of Justice
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