Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $150,000)
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 Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana resides on the Chitimacha Reservation in Charenton, in southern central Louisiana. The Chitimacha Tribe own and operate a cultural museum; fish processing plant; K-8 Tribal School; and casino on the reservation. The Tribe will use this grant to improve Tribal Court efficiency and ensure the continuity of traditions and culture while maintaining its sovereignty and self-determination. Presently handling about 500 criminal and civil cases per year, the Tribal Court will purchase new computer hardware and software; upgrade its case management system; update Tribal Codes; improve security for Tribal Court personnel and participants; and develop an Alternative Dispute Resolution System. The Tribal Court will undertake this effort in collaboration with an Advisory Board. The Advisory Board will consist of a Judge, the Prosecutor, a Clerk, Probation and Parole, Human Services, Police Department, representatives from the Tribal Council, and the community.