Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $500,000)
The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) will implement the Tribal Justice Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program (TTA). The goals are to 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 strengthen the tribal communities' ability to implement and enhance tribal justice systems through training and technical assistance to increase their knowledge of emerging technology, best practices, and new models of service.
NCJA will align national training opportunities with at least two of the national Interdepartmental Tribal Justice, Safety and Wellness sessions hosted by OJP. NCJA 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.
Through the Tribal-State Collaboration Project, NCJA, in partnership with National Congress of American Indians Fund (NCAI), will increase awareness by tribal and state government officials of the benefits of collaborative problem solving and planning and replicate promising practices for improving public safety in tribal communities through tribal-state collaboration methods. The project will assist tribal communities to develop and enhance collaboration with state and local entities by creating a national training and technical assistance program with the expertise of two national organizations representing state agency administrators and tribal leaders.