Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $624,094)
The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma will implement pretrial and probation services to aid in providing justice while also protecting the community. The main purpose of these services are to gather and verify information about tribal members of a federally recognized tribe who come before the court, prepare reports that the courts will rely on to make decisions on releases or sentences, supervise individuals that are released to the community by the court, and direct persons under supervision to services that will help them live a productive live as a member of society by abiding by all laws; these services can include substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, and medical care. This will also allow the tribal court to collaborate with Grey Snow Wellness Consortium and their partnering agencies to better serve the tribal community members who do suffer from substance abuse and mental health issues. The incorporation of a court services assistant will aid the court office by providing specialized duties that consist of conducting jury orientation, processing legal documents, pursuing and securing payment of receivable and delinquent accounts, preparing court minutes, assisting attorneys and litigants, processing judicial decisions, performing other recordkeeping duties, and aiding the court administrator and the pretrial and probation services officer. Also, this position will cover regular receptionist duties and help the court in running more efficiently when court is in session or when others are out of the office.