Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $891,544)
Nooksack Indian Tribe is a federally recognized tribe located in Whatcom County, Washington. With this funding, the Nooksack Tribal Court will:
-Hire an 80% FTE prosecutor.
-Hire a 50% FTE bailiff for essential security services and administrative support.
-Hire guardian-ad litem on contractual basis to ensure prioritization of the needs of children in custody cases.
-Hire a contractual investigator to assist public defenders in investigations surrounding criminal prosecutor’s office, by providing such services to court appointed defense counsel.
The timing for performance of this award is 36-60 months. The Prosecutor will be supported by the grant for only 36 months and will be supported by the Tribe thereafter. Success of these hired positions will depend on number of cases, number of those served, and noted case outcomes.