Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $87,525)
This award is made under the FY 2007 Tribal Courts Assistance Program (TCAP) 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 Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribal Court will use the TCAP funds for staff training, a case management system, equipment maintenance, insurance and fuel costs, which will facilitate transportation of court hearing participants from outlying areas. The court proposes to accomplish three goals during each year of the grant period. Goals are to: 1. Increase the knowledge of staff by providing training in case management system and in the current scope of work. 2. Maintain equipment in working order to be used by court staff to provide services to the membership. 3. Provide fuel for the court vehicle.