Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $800,000)
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, in partnership with the Western Community Policing Institute (WCPI), will collaborate on this proposal to help Indian tribes to enhance and develop collaboration among state, local and federal entities in the areas of law enforcement, corrections and reentry. Resources will be offered to assist tribes with the implementation of VAWA 2013 Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (SDVCJ) and TLOA Enhanced Sentencing Authority provisions. Funding will also provide TTA that is designed to more effectively assist tribes, Alaska villages, and their respective stakeholders in fostering collaboration, understanding culture, and increasing coordination and communication.