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Tribal Courts Assistance Program

Award Information

Award #
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $190,728)

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 Dry Creek Rancheria will use the 2007 Tribal Court funding for planning and implementing a Single-Tribe Court System. The objectives are: 1) establish a Tribal Court Development Team made up of current personnel who are employed by or elected officials of the Dry Creek Rancheria; 2) document, collect, research, and analyze the current ordinances and court structure; 3) prepare the necessary legal infrastructure with legal ordinances and the expansion of authority; and 4) educate the community and implement the enhanced Tribal Court System. Funds will be used for salary and fringe benefits for the Court Administrator, BJA mandated travel/training, court computer and recording equipment, supplies and telephone, indirect costs, and consultant fees to develop needed ordinances.


Date Created: August 15, 2007