Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $900,000)
The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians’ proposed project will implement a traditional and cultural “Peacekeeping” practice (alternative dispute resolution) within the current structure of the Tribal Court. The proposed project will (1) enhance the community-based approach prior to engaging/filing a court case into the current Tribal Court with the implementation of a Peacekeeper/Liaison acting as a neutral third party to community disputes and (2) enhance the safety and organization of the Tribal Court with the hiring of a Bailiff and Clerk.
Products and Deliverables
The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Alternative Dispute Resolution “Peacekeeping” Project will be successfully completed and integrated into the current Tribal Court structure within the three (3) year project duration and is the primary product.
The project deliverables will include the hiring of the three (3) core positions to successfully implement the Peacekeeping project, develop a survey tool to properly assess the proposed project, and formulate a community-based workgroup with the identified partners to enhance the successfulness of the project.
The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, aka Shingle Springs Rancheria (“Rancheria”), is located in the rural county of El Dorado, nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, located 69 miles from the Nevada border and 37 miles from Sacramento, California. The Tribe currently consists of 302.101 acres held in Federal Trust, fee title to an additional 329.68 acres near or adjacent to the Rancheria, and 5.5 acres in neighboring Sutter County along the Sacramento River where the original Miwok and Nisenan peoples were first known to have settled. The Tribe’s Service Area consists of four (4) surrounding counties; El Dorado, Placer, Yolo, and Sacramento. Sacramento and Yolo counties are BIA designated service areas and shared with the Cortina Rancheria Kletsel Dehe Band of Wintun Indians. Sacramento county is a BIA designated service area and shared with the Wilton Rancheria.
Who will benefit from the Proposed Project
The primary beneficiaries of the proposed project include the tribal members, other American Indians, and non-Indians residing within the Rancheria of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians and/or the Cortina Rancheria Kletsel Dehe Band of Wintun Indians who utilizes the Tribal Court. The Peacekeeper project will also benefit the various partners who engage with the Tribal Court to ensure the traditional and cultural practices of the Tribe are enhanced and introduced in a respectful manner.