Special Feature: Justice in Indian Country - Courts

Publications and Multimedia

Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: Treatment Guidelines (2nd Edition)
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, November 2017

Indian Child Welfare Act Judicial Benchbook
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, October 2017

Human Trafficking: Investigations in Indian Country or Involving Native Americans and Actions Needed to Better Report on Victims Served
U.S. Government Accountability Office, September 2017

Quick Facts: Native Americans in the Federal Offender Population
U.S. Sentencing Commission, August 2017

Tribal Legal Code Resource: Civil Dependency and Related Laws - Guide for Drafting or Revising Tribal Civil Dependency and Related Laws
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, April 2017

Joint Jurisdiction Courts: A Manual for Developing Tribal, Local, State & Federal Justice Collaborations
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, May 2016

U.S. Department of Justice Indian Country Investigations and Prosecutions 2014
U.S. Department of Justice, December 2015

Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: The Policies and Procedures Guide
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, November 2015

Tribal Law and Order Act: Enhanced Sentencing Authority—Tribal Code Development Considerations Quick-Reference Overview & Checklist
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, July 2015

Fact Sheet: Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation - Purpose Area #3
Bureau of Justice Assistance, March 2015

Tribal Legal Code Resource: Domestic Violence Laws
Bureau of Justice Assistance - and Office on Violence Against Women-Sponsored, February 2015

Enhanced Sentencing in Tribal Courts: Lessons Learned From Tribes
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, January 2015

Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program: Program Performance Report, July-December 2013
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, October 2014

Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: The Key Components (Second Edition)
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, May 2014

VAWA 2013 and Tribal Jurisdiction Over Non-Indian Perpetrators of Domestic Violence Fact Sheet
U.S. Department of Justice Office of Tribal Justice, June 2013

Overview of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program and Resources
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, March 2013

Promising Strategies: Tribal-State Court Relations
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, March 2013

Using Federal Law To Prosecute Domestic Violence Crimes in Indian Country Guide/DVD video graphic
Office for Victims of Crime, October 2012

Compendium of Tribal Crime Data, 2011
Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2011

State Prosecutors’ Offices with Jurisdiction in Indian Country, 2007
Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2011

Tribal Court Judges Bench Book: Sexual Assault – Tribal Judicial Guide for Navigating Sexual Assault Cases
Office on Violence Against Women-Sponsored, June 2011

Tribal Domestic Violence Case Law – Annotations for Selected Tribal Court Cases
Office on Violence Against Women-Sponsored, June 2011

Indian Country Criminal Justice: Departments of the Interior and Justice Should Strengthen Coordination to Support Tribal Courts
U.S. Government Accountability Office, February 2011

Tribal Probation: An Overview for Tribal Court Judges
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, May 2010

Memorandum for United States Attorneys with Districts Containing Indian Country
U.S. Department of Justice, January 2010

Prosecutor Sexual Assault Protocol: Resource Guide for Drafting or Revising Tribal Prosecutor Protocols on Responding to Sexual Assault
Office on Violence Against Women-Sponsored, September 2008

Tribal Courts Assistance Program Fact Sheet
Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2008

Related Resources

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): Indian Country Justice Statistics
The Indian Country Justice Statistics page provides access to BJS and other data related to tribal justice matters.

Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP)
The Department of Justice launched TAP in August 2015 to provide tribes access to national crime information systems for both civil and criminal purposes. TAP allows tribes to more effectively serve and protect their nation’s citizens by ensuring the exchange of critical data across the Criminal Justice Information Services systems and other national crime information systems.

Tribal Access to Justice Innovation
Funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Tribal Access to Justice Innovation site is designed to help tribal justice practitioners learn about emerging and promising justice-related programs in Indian Country, including those that focus on specialized court projects.

Tribal Justice and Safety
The Department of Justice’s Tribal Justice and Safety website serves as a one-stop shop for tribal communities, developed to provide a user-friendly, updated and comprehensive resource for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities to help further improve public safety.

Tribal Protection Order Resources
Supported by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this website was developed by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute to provide both tribal and non-tribal entities with a clearinghouse of information and resources pertaining to the issuance and enforcement of protection orders.

Grant Programs

Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)
CTAS is administered by the Office of Justice Programs, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Office on Violence Against Women. CTAS funds 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.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Program Plan
The DOJ Program Plan is a tool to help applicants and grantees find funding opportunities that address their criminal, juvenile, and civil justice needs. The DOJ Program Plan provides summary details of the funding opportunities each DOJ grant-making component is expecting to release or has released in the current fiscal year.
Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
OJP provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of crime fighting strategies. Contained on the OJP Funding Resource Center site is information about open solicitations, resources for applicants and grantees, grant procedures and requirements, links to State Administering Agencies, and additional grant-related resources.

Training and Technical Assistance

Tribal Justice and Safety: Training and Technical Assistance
The Department of Justice (DOJ) provides training and technical assistance to further practical and specialized knowledge to implement and enhance justice system efforts in tribal and other areas. This page provides information about opportunities covering a variety of topics and presents access to DOJ training and technical assistance providers.

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