JULY 27, 2017 – TRIBAL JUSTICE WEBINAR – TRAUMA-INFORMED COURT SYSTEMS: A WEBINAR FOR TRIBAL COMMUNITIES
Research continues to clarify how traumatic experiences negatively impact the way traumatized people interact with the world. When an individual becomes court-involved it is highly likely that they have experienced some level of trauma. If the court system is not trauma-informed they can be re-traumatized, often triggering harmful reactions. Tribal communities have the challenge of addressing the traumatic experiences of individuals while at the same time dealing with the after effects of historical and intergenerational traumatic patterns that have affected entire communities. However, tribes also have strengths found in their traditional teachings that provide inspiration for strategies to address trauma in all its forms. This webinar will explain what is meant by the phrase trauma-informed courts, provide data about challenges facing tribes around the country, discuss how trauma looks in the court setting, and then provide practical ideas about how to incorporate both traditional values and research-based strategies to make tribal court systems not only trauma-informed but trauma-responsive.
The Tribal Key Components form the foundation of all tribal drug courts. The Adult Drug Court Standards represent the latest research-based best practices for what works within the drug court setting. Applicants for Wellness Court federal funding are now being asked to abide by both documents. This webinar overviews both the key components and the Standards, and discuss how they inter-relate. This webinar is designed for those less familiar with the Wellness Court model and those seeking to use these documents to apply for federal funding and/or integrate into their own Wellness Court.
Peacemaking is not alternative dispute resolution to Native communities – it is the original, traditional way our communities managed to work through disputes for centuries before tribal courts were created. Because of natural limitations inherent in tribal courts, there is increasing interest in the continuation and revitalization of those traditional ways.
This webinar explains how tribal traditions may hold a solution to some problems that have proven especially difficult in tribal court, provide some examples of how other tribes have had success, and explain how this movement is part of a bigger picture, even internationally, of how indigenous communities are using their own wisdom to solve their problems. Speakers include well known and seasoned Peacemakers including NARF Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative staff and advisory committee members.
CTAS Purpose Area 3 Training and Technical Assistance
Indian Country has longstanding criminal justice issues associated with substance abuse, and most recently, tribal communities have been forced to confront a rapid and unprecedented rise in methamphetamine, heroin, and opiate trafficking and abuse that has led to a dramatic increase in reservation crime. The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) is committed to customizing innovative, grassroots solutions by providing true peer-to-peer TTA that will address the unique interests of tribal sovereigns as defined by the community the justice system serves. The benefit of this approach is bringing together TTA providers who understand the insular nature of reservations and who are invested in the growth and wellbeing of tribal communities with current best practices and cultural competency.
NAICJA will provide TTA to Program Area 3 grantees in partnership with Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative of the Native American Rights Fund, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, Cheryl Fairbanks, LLC, the Hon. Lawrence Lujan, Columbia Law School, the National Center for State Courts, and the Tribal Judicial Institute. NAICJA’s goal is to provide Training and Technical Assistance that preserves each tribe’s own individual concepts of native law and support tribal self-determination by strengthening the justice system and the intervention programs designed to address alcohol and substance abuse.
Training objectives include:
1) Increasing 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;
2) Increasing all serviced tribal justice agency’s ability to solve problems and/or modify policies and practices; and,
3) Increase information provided to BJA and the criminal and tribal justice communities.
Services and Training and Technical Assistance will include:
- Publications, fact-sheets, and model codes,
- Code drafting assistance,
- Peer-to-peer consultations,
- Listserv communications,
- Onsite TTA,
- Distance Learning TTA via teleconference, videoconference, and email,
- Interactive online training modules,
- In-person training and needs assessments via a National Training Conference. Training and pre-conference topics will be related to tribal justice systems, including traditional justice, alcohol and substance abuse as it relates to public safety and victims’ services, law enforcement, prosecution, defense services/legal aid, offender reentry, tribal-federal-state intergovernmental collaboration, and justice information sharing.
Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program
NAICJA is the Tribal Justice Training and Technical Assistance provider under the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) Program, offering training and technical assistance to TCCLA Grantees and Sub-grantee Legal Aid organizations. TTA Resources are available to 1) enhance the operations of tribal justice systems and improve access to those systems, and 2) provide training and technical assistance for development and enhancement of tribal justice systems. Through a training and technical assistance request form NAICJA took requests for training from TCCLA grantees and Sub-grantee Leal Aid organizations.
UNDER THIS GRANT NAICJA DEVELOPED THE FOLLOWING DELIVERABLES:
AN OVERVIEW OF THE BUREAU OF JUSTICE ASSISTANCE’S TRIBAL CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND RESOURCES (download)
This publication provides an overview of the Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program (TCCLA). It identifies resources and eligibility guidelines for tribes seeking to obtain or provide civil and criminal legal assistance for their communities, explores program sustainment strategies, and outlines several promising practices for the provision of indigent legal assistance in tribal communities.
REPORT ON THE TRADITIONAL AND HOLISTIC JUSTICE ROUNDTABLE (DOWNLOAD)
EMERGING PRACTICES IN TRIBAL CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE (DOWNLOAD)
COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES INFOGRAPHIC (DOWNLOAD)
SEEKING ASSISTANCE FOR COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES (DOWNLOAD)
HOLISTIC APPROACH TO CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE IN TRIBAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS PRESENTATION (DOWNLOAD)
TRADITIONAL PEACEMAKING: EXPLORING THE INTERSECTIONS BETWEEN TRIBAL COURTS AND PEACEMAKING, INCLUDING ALTERNATIVES TO DETENTION PRESENTATION (DOWNLOAD)