This awardee has received supplemental funding. This award detail page includes information about both the original award and supplemental awards.
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $600,000)
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) Program serves to enhance operations of tribal court systems and improve access to those systems through legal services, and to support the development and enhancement of tribal justice systems. For Category 1-Civil and for Category 2-Criminal, eligible applicants were non-profit organizations with a tax status of 501(c)(3) under the Internal Revenue Service Code, including tribal enterprises and educational institutions. The category 1 and 2 awards are designed to strengthen and improve the representation of indigent respondents in civil causes of action, and indigent defendants in criminal cases under the jurisdiction of Indian tribes. For Category 3, eligible applicants were national or regional membership organizations and associations whose membership or a membership section consists of judicial system personnel within tribal justice systems. The award is designed to provide quality training and technical assistance to develop and enhance tribal justice systems.
The award recipient will use the funds to enhance the operations of tribal justice systems and improve access to those systems through the representation of indigent respondents in civil causes of action under the jurisdiction of Indian tribes. CA/NCF
The Native American Rights (NARF) will use their award funds to provide legal assistance to Indian tribes to enhance tribal justice systems and improve access to justice in those systems through the representation of individuals in tribal courts.
NARF is the primary applicant and intends to subcontract funding to the National Association of Indian Legal Services (NAILS), who will provide direct services to Indian tribes and individuals. NAILS is a consortium of 24 non-profit Indian Legal Services programs that have a 45 year history of providing legal assistance to individual Indians and Indian tribes who meet the federal poverty guidelines. The attached map shows the NAILS geographic reach, and the accompanying chart shows how many tribes are in each of those service areas.