Tribal Justice

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has developed a toolkit to help tribal justice system practitioners create or enhance reentry programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives returning from jail or prison. The Planning a Reentry program: A Toolkit for Tribal Communities offers resources and insights on forming a planning team and navigating through all the key steps of developing a reentry program, including developing partnerships, refining your reentry program, measuring program impact, and planning for sustainability.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Northern and Middle State Rural Law Enforcement Assistance Program is currently accepting funding applications for small, rural, and tribal law enforcement agencies who seek technical and training assistance. This initiative is designed to provide resources to small, rural, and tribal law enforcement agencies located in the northern and middle states of the United States (see website for a full list).

The International Association of Chiefs of Police, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services, has published a guide on Evidence-Based Crime Reduction Strategies for Small, Rural, and Tribal Agencies. This guide aims to provide information on evidence-based policing practices in small, rural, and tribal agencies to help tackle the unique challenges these law enforcement agencies face.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance is hosting its annual BJA Tribal Consultation Program that includes two virtual sessions. This program aims to ultimately improve law enforcement and public safety in tribal communities and native villages and support grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal law enforcement in achieving safer communities. Tribal Leaders are invited to both sessions.

Webinar: Peer Recovery Support Services in Tribal Communities

Discuss an overview of peer recovery support services (PRSS) as part of a comprehensive program to address substance abuse within tribal communities. Explore specific models of PRSS implementation within tribal communities. Identify benefits of PRSS as well as common challenges and barriers. Examine important considerations related to building comprehensive intervention strategies to respond to alcohol and substance abuse issues in tribal communities including PRSS.

Webinar: Ask the Expert: Co-Occurring Disorders Simplified

Previous webinars have laid the foundation regarding the impact of addiction on the brain, understanding mental health symptoms, and what tribal service providers and criminal justice professionals can do to support tribal members’ journeys out of addiction. Join this session for a facilitated discussion and open forum with subject matter experts who will answer your practical questions regarding working with individuals presenting with co-occurring disorder diagnoses (comorbidity).

11th Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Virtual Enhancement Training

Join the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) for their free 11th Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Virtual Enhancement Training on June 21–25, 2021. This training for tribal problem-solving courts will feature Wellness Court best practices and innovative strategies in four tracks: Adult Wellness Courts, Juvenile Wellness Courts, Family Wellness Courts, and Veteran Courts. There will also be sessions addressing law enforcement’s role, and case management.

Webinar – Missing Persons, Ambiguous Loss, Reintegration: How it All Fits Together

Join Operation Lady Justice and the National Indian Country Training Initiative for their webinar “Missing Persons, Ambiguous Loss, Reintegration: How it All Fits Together” on June 10, 2021 at 2:00–4:00 p.m. ET. The registration deadline is 5:00 p.m., ET, Friday, June 4, 2021 and the deadline for the OLE notification email is Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

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