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 Sokaogon Chippewa Community will use FY 08 Tribal Courts Assistance Program (TCAP) Category III Enhancing the Operation of Tribal Courts funds to support the development of a Juvenile Monitoring Program. The Sokaogon Chippewa Community (Mole Lake, WI) Reservation, located in Forest County, totals 4,904.2 acres. The Sokaogon Chippewa Community and the tribal court system will design a juvenile monitoring program to address juvenile justice related issues. This program will engage in a one-year planning stage for preparation and development of the Juvenile Court System and Monitoring Program and the second year will focus on implementation to provide for the enhancement of the Sokaogon Chippewa Community Tribal Court. The three goals of the project are to: develop a basis for a tribal court Juvenile Monitoring Program; develop a Tribal Juvenile Records Office; fund a portion of judges' salaries and training. The major activities of the project will be to: collect and compile all juvenile court records; gather statistical information and research juvenile monitoring options; develop and implement a juvenile monitoring system; and develop a Juvenile Tribal Court Strategic Plan.