Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $113,178)
This award is made under the FY 2008 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 Bay Mills Indian Community will utilize FY 2008 TCAP funds to enhance and continue the operation of their Tribal Court. The goals of the project will be to plan and implement systems improvements that will increase the Tribal Court's capacity to collect and share Tribal Court systems data and design, implement, and adopt Tribal Court Advocacy Protocols. The implementation of systems improvements will ensure that Tribal Court operations are efficient and effective. The development of Tribal Court Advocacy Protocols will increase the cost effectiveness and efficiency of Tribal Court operations and ensure that community members with the greatest need will receive necessary services. The objectives are to form a Tribal Court Advisory Team; purchase computers and software data; review the procedures for sharing Tribal Court systems data to ensure ongoing quality management; appropriate sharing of data; and make recommendations for improvement as necessary. In addition, the project will provide software training to selected Tribal Court staff; conduct research and recommend specific trainings for Tribal Court staff and other Tribal Court Advisory Team Members as appropriate; develop, adopt, and implement Tribal Court Advocacy Protocols; and review and revise Tribal Court Advocacy Protocols.