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TCAP Category II: Planning and Implementing a Single-Tribal Court System for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $200,000)

This award is made under the FY 2008 Tribal Courts Assistance Program (TCAP) 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 Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe, located in Mashpee, Massachusetts, will establish a single-tribe court system using Category 1 TCAP funds. The project goals are to create the Tribal Court structure for intergovernmental agreements; establish intra-tribal coordination; develop rule-making procedures; hire staff; purchase equipment; and secure training for Tribal Court staff. During the second year the Tribal Court will be operational and begin to serve the Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe members. The Tribal Advisory Committee (AC) will include representation from the Elder Justice Committee (EJC), law enforcement, corrections, treatment services, and the community-at-large. The AC will develop ordinances and oversee and participate in training. The Tribal Court, through the EJC and the AC, will work with multiple programs and offices to educate the tribal community about the Tribal Court resources available. The Tribal Court will also work with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Town of Mashpee government, and non-governmental organizations such as treatment providers, to establish mutually beneficial working relationships. The Tribal Court processes will be governed by rules that the Chief Judge will establish and revise as necessary.


Date Created: August 7, 2008