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 Little River Band of Ottawa Indians will support tribal court capacity building activities. The primary goals of the project are to establish a TCAP Advisory Team to serve the best interests of the tribal court project and to develop and implement comprehensive training plans while ensuring a safe and secure tribal court. The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians will: establish a diverse advisory team intended to guide program development and activities; conduct a training assessment; implement trainings according to needs; purchase equipment; complete court security alterations and renovations in accordance with the approved budget; and, improve tribal court recording capabilities.