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Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) Program

Overview

The goals of Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) Program are to (1) enhance the operations of tribal justice systems and improve access to those systems; and (2) provide training and technical assistance (TTA) for development and enhancement of tribal justice systems. The TCCLA Program provides civil and criminal legal assistance to low-income individuals, Indian tribes, and tribal justice systems, and provides quality training and technical assistance (TTA) to TCCLA grantees and Indian tribes to support the development and enhancement of tribal justice systems and access to those systems.

Funding can be awarded under the following categories:

CATEGORY 1: TRIBAL CIVIL LEGAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS
Eligible applicants in Category 1 are limited to nonprofit organizations as defined by 26 U.S.C § 501(c)(3), including tribal nonprofit organizations, tribal enterprises, and educational institutions (public, private, and tribal colleges and universities) with experience providing legal assistance services to eligible individuals pursuant to federal poverty guidelines, federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), or tribal justice systems. Federal poverty guidelines are updated every year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines.

Resources may support legal assistance services for Indian tribes, members of Indian tribes, and tribal justice systems, including guardian ad-litem appointments, court-appointed special advocates pursuant to the federal poverty guidelines and development and enhancement of tribal court policies, procedures and code.

CATEGORY 2: TRIBAL CRIMINAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS
Eligible applicants in Category 2 are limited to nonprofit organizations as defined by 26 U.S.C § 501(c)(3), including tribal nonprofit organizations, tribal enterprises, and educational institutions (public, private, and tribal colleges and universities) with experience providing legal assistance services to eligible individuals pursuant to federal poverty guidelines, federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), or tribal justice systems. Federal poverty guidelines are updated every year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines.

Criminal legal assistance services may include adult criminal actions, juvenile delinquency actions, guardian ad-litem appointments arising out of criminal delinquency acts or development and enhancement of tribal court policies, procedures and code. 

CATEGORY 3: TRIBAL JUSTICE TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Eligible applicants in Category 3 are limited to national or regional membership organizations and associations whose membership consist of judicial system personnel within tribal justice systems. 

Legislation
Authorized by Title I of the Indian Tribal Justice Technical and Legal Assistance Act of 2000, (25 U.S.C. 3651, et. seq.).

Date Created: April 24, 2012