Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $150,000)
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 Lummi Tribal Court Enhancement Project, through the Fiscal Year 2007 Tribal Courts Assistance Program, will evaluate the current operations of the Lummi Tribal Court in order to streamline those operations to ensure maximum delivery of services within their limited financial resources. The Lummi Indian Nation's Tribal Court's objectives for the first year of the grant include: conducting a complete evaluation of the Court system, including the court calendar, the archive systems, and the Probation Department; conducting a community survey to determine community satisfaction with the Tribal Court; creating a series of community goals for the Judicial System; and expanding the court management software to better track criminal cases and probation clients. The objectives of the second year of the grant period are to complete the objectives of year one and to create a five year plan for the Tribal Court.