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 Pueblo of San Felipe will use the grant to support their Traditional Tribal Court, which evolved from centuries of traditional dispute resolution, governed by the laws and customs of Pueblo theocracy. The traditional system became formalized as a court in the twentieth century, when it adopted some procedural aspects of the US judicial system. Today, the Traditional Court remains effective in deciding matters such as Pueblo membership and land assignments. However, it is not properly staffed or structured to meet the contemporary needs of the Pueblo.
As a result, the Pueblo will use the funds to achieve the following goals: develop or adopt a judicial code, criminal code, rules of civil procedure, and rules of criminal procedure; recruit and hire a judge, court administrator, and a bailiff; develop and enhance the skills and competencies of tribal courts staff; establish successful networks for coordinating with the community and service providers; educate the community about the contemporary Tribal Court; enhance referrals and sentencing with San Felipe Behavioral Health and treatment providers; and establish effective information systems for case management, coordination, and information sharing.