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An Enactment of Sovereignty Through A Tribal Court System

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $200,000)

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 Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas will use FY 07 Tribal Courts Assistance Program (TCAP) funds to implement a strategy to develop a court system that will provide services to the Tribe's population. Tribal leadership will take the following steps to implement the strategy: 1) rewrite the constitution to include judiciary functions; 2) negotiate intergovernmental memorandums of understanding with surrounding outside agencies; 3) hire court clerk, chief judge, and peace makers; 4) purchase equipment and software to support courtroom functions; and, 5) establish a regular court calendar. TCAP funds will be directed to salaries, travel/training, courtroom and office space, utilities, supplies, equipment, law library, and indirect costs.


Date Created: September 10, 2007