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Title: Sharing the Spirit of Wisdom: Tribal Leaders Listening Conference Final Summary
Corporate Author: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: October 2004
Page Count: 76
Sponsoring Agency: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Conference Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the compilation of both focus groups and a summary of the Listening Conference proceedings, including background information on the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Office’s Tribal Youth Program, the planning of the Listening Conference, and the state of juvenile delinquency in Indian country.
Abstract: Violent crime rates in tribal communities are two to three times higher than the national average; the communities have been unable to address the causes due to a long history of a lack of resources. Violence and the fear victimization, insufficient educational resources, inadequate access to appropriate health care, and overwhelming rates of alcohol and substance abuse threaten the safety and future of Indian families and children. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) historical partnership with Indian tribal governments strengthens relations pertaining to Indian sovereignty and government-to government relations. Six principles guide DOJ interactions with the Indian tribes: recognition of Indian tribe sovereignty, commitment to government-to-government relations with Indian tribes, commitment to assist Indian tribal government development, commitment to the Federal trust responsibility, commitment to safeguard American Indian civil rights, and commitment to protect tribal religion and culture. In an effort to advance commitments with the tribal communities, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) convened a Tribal Leaders Listening Conference held in Washington, DC, in September 2004, fostering collaboration between tribes and the Federal Government concerning issues and challenges affecting tribal youth. Participants included: tribal leaders from 12 regions and representatives from OJJDP, other U.S. Department of Justice offices, U.S. Departments of the Interior, and Health and Human Services. Two regional focus groups met prior to the Listening Conference and initiated discussions on issues of concern to those who work with tribal youth, and shaped the final agenda for the Listening Conference. Listening Conference presentations and discussions addressed the following topics: historical overview and government-to-government relations; juvenile justice issues; health care issues including domestic violence and child abuse; prevention/intervention/treatment for alcohol, drugs, mental health, and spirituality; education; resources; and technical assistance. A summary of the Washington, DC Tribal Listening Conference is provided. References, appendix
Main Term(s): Tribal community relations; Tribal history; Tribal police; Tribal Youth Programs
Index Term(s): American Indians; Bureau of Indian Affairs; Federal government; Indian affairs; Indian justice; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); US Department of Justice
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