Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $490,530)
The Institute for Native Justice (INJ) of the American Indian Resource Center (AIRC, Inc.) will implement the Tribal Justice Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program (TTA). The goals are to: (1) provide a comprehensive array of training and technical assistance to assist tribal communities' ability to implement and enhance programs to reduce alcohol, substance abuse, and related crimes, and (2) strengthen the tribal communities' ability to implement and enhance tribal justice systems by increasing their knowledge of emerging technology, best practices, and new models of service. INJ will align national training opportunities with at least two of the national Interdepartmental Tribal Justice, Safety, and Wellness sessions hosted by OJP. INJ will focus on funding national training and technical assistance efforts within three categories: enhancing tribal and state collaborations; enhancing tribal justice services and systems; and enhancing the development of new and promising practices in Indian Country.
INJ will provide online and on-site training and technical assistance that meets the needs of tribal criminal justice communities and addresses the capacity issues of emerging and established tribal court systems across the United States through the Tribal Response and Court Enhancement Strategies (TRACES) Project. INJ will also provide training and technical assistance through the Institute for Native Justice's web-based E-Training Center, combined with on-site workshops by staff/consultants with expertise working with tribes and tribal entities, and by offering distance learning available on CD/DVD for communities without adequate connectivity. Training will be tailored to address operations management (including development of community collaborative teams), data collection, protocol development, and other systemic obstacles confronting tribal criminal justice communities. The project will also encourage expansion of the role of tribal court systems to reach out to local and state judiciary for the purpose of working together to improve outcomes for American Indian/Alaska Native victims of crime.