Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $500,000)
The Tribal Justice System Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program provides a comprehensive array of training and technical assistance (TTA) to assist federally recognized Indian tribes' ability to implement and enhance programs to reduce alcohol, substance abuse, and related crimes; and strengthens tribes' ability to implement and enhance tribal justice systems through training and technical assistance to increase their knowledge of emerging technology, evidence-based practices, and new models of service. The TTA offered will increase the knowledge of criminal and tribal justice practitioners through in-person training, web-based learning, distance learning using webinars, teleconferences, and developing or revising training curricula; increase a tribal justice agency's ability to solve problems and/or modify policies or practices; and increase the information provided to BJA and the criminal and tribal justice communities.
The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) will improve access to information about emerging and promising tribal justice programs and provide on-site and virtual support to tribes in replicating, implementing, or enhancing innovative, emerging, and promising tribal justice programs. This project will increase the knowledge of criminal and tribal justice practitioners through in-person training, web based learning, distance learning including webinars and podcasts, and developing or revising training curricula; increase all serviced tribal justice agencies' ability to solve problems and/or modify policies and practices; and increase information provided to BJA and the criminal and tribal justice communities. The project will discover and document emerging innovative practices; create how-to "blueprints" for replication; and create TTA tools that support replication including capturing baseline data, providing certification and advancing cultural adaptations.