Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $200,000)
The purposes of the FY 2009 Tribal Courts Assistance Program (TCAP) are to develop new tribal courts, improve the operations of existing tribal courts, and provide training and technical assistance for tribal court staff. The TCAP program goals are to provide planning grants that will focus on establishing tribal courts by supporting the development of comprehensive strategy and implementation plans, provide grants for existing tribal court systems to enhance tribal court services, and provide planning grants for tribal justice system strategies.
The Big Pine Paiute Tribe will support planning and implementing a single tribe court system. The primary goal is to establish a tribal court that will provide adjudication services to support the enforcement of the Indian Child Welfare Act. The tribal court will provide essential linkages between Indian Child Welfare Act program, the tribe, local county agencies, state, federal judicial systems, and the child's parents or guardians. The grant will fund rental for the tribal court modular facility, personnel, training for staff, and a TCAP evaluation.