Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $199,959)
This award is made under the FY 2006 Tribal Courts Assistance Program and it supports the development, implementation, enhancement, and continuing operation of tribal justice systems. Allowable elements under the program may include, but are not limited to: establishing a core structure for a tribal court, improving case management, training court personnel, acquiring additional equipment and/or software, enhancing prosecution and indigent defense, supporting probation diversion and alternative sentencing programs, accessing services, focusing on juvenile services and multi disciplinary protocols for child physical and sexual abuse, and structuring intertribal or tribal appellate systems.
The Native Village of Kotlik proposes to use the Tribal Courts Assistance Program funding to train staff including judges in alternative sentencing and the court clerk in daily operations. The tribal court will have the responsibility of providing intervention services, providing justice, mediating disputes and finding solutions to problems. Also, the funding will be used to assist in adopting tribal ordinances that will bring about some cohesiveness within the community.
The objectives of the program are as follows:
1.Train judges and staff;
2.Improve case management; and
3.Continue to develop and adopt tribal codes and ordinances