Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $149,961)
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 Chippewa Cree Tribe, through the Fiscal Year 2007 Tribal Courts Assistance Program, will address their most pressing needs in the development of their tribal court through the following strategies: the further enhancement of their Judicial
Commission to guide the improvement of the courts and to develop partnerships; the negotiation and implementation of memoranda of understanding to better coordinate services; attendance at BJA sponsored training sessions; upgrading their office through the purchase of office furniture, a courtroom communications system, and much-needed data management software; external evaluation; and hiring a full time Project Coordinator and part-time Data Entry Technician.