Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $600,000)
The BJA Tribal Justice CTAS Training and Technical Assistance Solicitation supports BJAs comprehensive approach to deliver training and technical assistance (TTA) to federally recognized Indian Tribes. The TTA will provide tribal jurisdictions with assistance to: (1) develop strategies to address crimes relating to substance abuse and other controlled substances; and (2) implement and enhance tribal justice systems including tribal law enforcement, courts, prosecution, and pretrial; (3) conduct comprehensive justice system-wide strategic planning and develop written justice system-wide strategic plans; (4) address violent crime in tribal communities; (5) address the tribal justice needs of Alaska Native Villages; and (6) develop and foster intergovernmental collaboration among tribal-federal-state-local governments in order to improve public safety and victims services. The main focus of the TTA will be with tribes who receive funding under CTAS Purpose Areas 2 (Strategic Planning), 3 (Tribal Justice Systems), and 10 (Violent Crime)
The Tribal Judicial Institute (TJI) at the University of North Dakota, along with partners the Center for Court Innovation Tribal Justice Exchange (CCI), National Tribal Criminal Justice Center at Fox Valley Technical College (NCJTC) and the National Tribal Judicial College (NTJC), proposes to provide TTA to tribes funded under CTAS Purpose Area #10 as they develop strategies to respond to precipitous increases in crime at the tribal level, especially violent crime. In order to provide thorough, competent and culturally relevant training and technical assistance, the partners to this project will work directly with grantee tribes through initial outreach and TTA needs assessment, provision of on-site TTA as needed, distance learning modules on topics such as SAUSA basics, tribal and federal collaboration relevant to investigation and prosecution, tribal court and code development to address precipitous increases in violent crime, judicial training relevant to evidence and forensic evidence, and national conference delivery.