Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $175,000)
This award is made under the FY 2007 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 Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma will use the 2007 grant funds to purchase updated software and computer equipment that will aid the tribal court systems. The updated equipment will allow the tribal court to scan court documents such as court cases, the tribal court docket, warrants, affidavits, and petitions. Funds will also be used to hire a Probation Officer who will be responsible for conducting pre-sentence investigations of referred cases and overseeing a caseload of clients referred by the court for supervision.