Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $749,994)
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)
With these funds, the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) will establish an Alaska Tribal Justice Training and Technical Assistance Center (Alaska Tribal Justice TTA Center) to meet the current need for Alaskan-based, culturally relevant TTA for federally recognized Indian Tribes in Alaska and remote frontier locations. The Alaska Tribal Justice TTA Center will lead and coordinate TTA and serve as a navigator for national providers while also including Alaska needs such as circle peacemaking processes, the development of court codes and cooperative agreements with the Alaska state court system and department of law, and enabling the diversion of civil, juvenile, and low level criminal cases to tribal courts.