Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $138,545)
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 Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe will use their Fiscal Year 2007 Tribal Courts Assistance Program grant funds to improve the operation of their tribal court. Specifically, the Tribe will use the funds to: 1) improve the court's infrastructure by purchasing and installing new computers, a computer server, new court management software, a new court recording system, and a back-up emergency generator; 2) improve staff capabilities through training, such as the Northeast Intertribal Court System (NICS) training, BJA-mandated training, cross-training, and the implementation of an advisory committee; and 3) improve the court's processes by contracting with NICS to implement criminal case protocols with jury trials, implement systems for management of communications, and implement the use of a felon case management process.