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Building Tribal Justice Expertise in Indian Country: Delivery of National Tribal Core DEC Training Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $500,000)

The goal of the Tribal Justice System Capacity Building TTA Program is to strengthen tribal governments' ability to plan, implement, and enhance tribal justice systems to be able to prevent, control, and investigate crime; to effectively administer justice; and to meet the needs of the community. The FY 2012 Tribal Justice System Capacity Building TTA Program will focus on funding national TTA efforts within five categories: enhancing tribal and state collaborations; comprehensive strategic planning; building tribal capacity to plan, develop, or enhance diversion and community corrections capacity; enhancing tribal justice information sharing efforts; and other tribal justice system capacity building TTA efforts. The programs funded will provide TTA to: assist tribes in using data to inform justice system strategic planning, implementation and enhancement; integrate the rich community values of tribal cultures in tribal justice systems and programs; foster tribal and state collaboration to address jurisdictional and legal issues with regard to law enforcement, courts, corrections and reentry within Indian Country, including tribal justice based relationships with service providers; build capacity for community-based alternatives to incarceration; enhance tribal justice information sharing; and meet other tribal justice system capacity building needs.

The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC) in partnership with Lamar Associates will build tribal justice expertise in Indian Country through the delivery of the National Tribal Core DEC Training Program. This training is designed to coordinate and promote collaborative relationships between tribal jurisdiction stakeholders, including tribal justice systems, child welfare workers, educators and others, that will focus on appropriate responses for cases involving drug endangered children. This training and technical assistance will assist tribal communities in planning and implementing comprehensive strategies to reduce and control crime associated with alcohol and other drug abuse. National DEC will deliver the DEC training within tribal communities through both web-based and in-person trainings; certify indigenous Tribal DEC trainers through a Train-the-Trainer program to increase the tribes' capacity for delivering the training themselves; disseminate relevant resources via our website and e-Updates; and support the certified trainers through regular technical assistance, including conference calls, webinars, and individual support.


Date Created: August 27, 2012