Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $175,000)
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 Crow Tribe of Montana will use their Tribal Court grant program to improve Tribal Court efficiency by acquiring a new computer server to be used exclusively by the Court to assure quality control of sensitive information and to provide backup of data in case of a breakdown or malfunction. A consultant will be hired to determine the specific needs and to oversee the installation of the server. They will engage their existing but under-utilized information management system to digitize records for better control and easier analysis of court records and information. A Court Office Manager/Court Clerk will be hired to oversee the decrease in the work backlog of the criminal department. TCAP funds will be directed to Personnel/Fringe, Travel/Training, Equipment, Supplies, Contracts, and Indirect Costs.