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Kodiak Island Inter-Tribal Justice System

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $896,782)

2022 Dept. of Justice Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)

Purpose Area #3 – Tribal Justice Systems (BJA)

[Kodiak Islands Inter-Tribal Justice System]

The Kodiak Islands Inter-Tribal Justice System is a consortium of federally recognized tribal governments located on an archipelago of islands in the Western Gulf of Alaska. The following Alutiiq/Sugpiat tribal governments are signatory to the Inter-Governmental Agreement Establishing the Kodiak Islands Inter-Tribal Court System, and are represented for the purposes of this grant application [86 FED. REG. 7554, 7557-7558 (Jan. 29, 2021)]:

-Native Village of Afognak

-Native Village of Akhiok

-Kaguyak Village

-Native Village of Karluk

-Larsen Bay Tribe

-Alutiiq Tribe of Old Harbor

-Native Village of Ouzinkie

-Native Village of Port Lions

-Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak

-Tangirnaq Native Village of Woody Island

-By Alutiiq- Koniag Artist Linda I. Lyons

The Alutiiq/Sugpiat (‘Real People’) of the Kodiak islands banded together to address the vacuum of justice services available to tribal citizens residing in remote rural Alaska. With this funding request, the Kodiak Islands Inter-Tribal Justice System will build its Inter-Tribal Court with code and policy drafting, operational staff, a pool of trained tribal judges, tribal court bench-book for succession planning, tribal court safety plans, and the technology to provide a tribal venue for the Kodiak tribal villages in the general jurisdiction areas of:

● Child Protection

● Family Safety

● Elders Protection

● Intra-Tribal Problem Solving

● Civil Diversion of Crime

● Alaska Native Restorative Justice Sentencing

The Inter-Tribal Justice System will enhance due process with its pool of trained judges, providing neutral legal review in cases of: direct conflict of interest; appearance of impropriety; and petitions for a second-level appellate review of trial court decisions.

Receipt of this Purpose Area#3 funding request is not required for the implementation of any other project/purpose area being requested by the individual tribes who make up the Kodiak Islands Inter-Tribal Justice System

Date Created: September 21, 2022