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Welcome to the National Tribal Justice Resource Center! The Resource Center is the central national clearinghouse of information for Native American and Alaska Native tribal justice systems. Here you will find numerous resources including searchable databases of tribal court opinions; codes and constitutions; a listing of available publications; a training events calendar of seminars and conferences; funding opportunities; information about our programs and services; and much, much more.

Our programs and services are offered to all tribal justice system personnel nationwide - whether working with a formalized court system or with a traditional tribal dispute resolution forum. This website is designed to assist and inform both court personnel and the public.

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Grants Program to Provide Treatment Services for Family, Juvenile, and Adult Treatment Drug Courts

Closing Date:
June 19, 2002

Approximately $10,000,000 will be available in FY 2002. The average award is expected to range from $300,000 to $400,000 in costs (direct and indirect) each year.

Eligible Applicants:
Public and domestic private non-profit entities may apply.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) announces the availability of Fiscal Year 2002 funds to expand and/or enhance drug and alcohol treatment services (referred to as substance abuse treatment services) in support of Treatment Drug Courts that have begun operating no later than September 30, 2002.

Listed in:
Federal Register
Vol. 67, No. 71
Friday, April 12, 2002
Page 18015-18016

For detailed information go to:

Tribal Youth Program (OJJDP)


The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program (OJJDP) has just announced the applications for the 2002 Tribal Youth Program (TYP). The deadline to submit applications is May 13, 2002. Detailed info can be found at: or at

You can download the application at

This funding (up to $500,000 over 3 years for Part A, up to $300,000 over 3 years, for Part B) can be used for a wide-range of Juvenile Justice Programs including Juvenile Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Programs. Please take this opportunity to review the guidelines and information and submit your application for additional grant funding.


The purpose of OJJDP's Tribal Youth Program (TYP) is to support and enhance tribal efforts to prevent and control delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth. A major focus of TYP is providing AI/AN youth with mental health services and substance abuse services.

Funding is available for two programs:

Part A: To support juvenile delinquency prevention and control programs for AI/AN youth.

Part B: To address the need for comprehensive mental health services for AI/AN youth.

Eligible tribes may apply for both programs; however, to do so, one application must be submitted for Part A and a second application for Part B. Applications for Part A and Part B will be reviewed separately. The specific application requirements that govern this funding opportunity are the same for Part A and Part B and can be found on pp. 8-16 of the announcement.

Applications must be received by May 13, 2002. Funding amounts depend on the total service population.

The OJJDP Application Kit can be obtained by calling 800-638-8736 or e-mailing a request to: The Application Kit is also available online at

Tribal Courts:  Extension of Application Deadline

Closing Date:  The application deadline is extended from March 6, 2002 to May 10, 2002.

Amount:  $1.5 million is available for funding.

Eligible Applicants:   A qualified applicant is a tribal government submitting an application for funding for a tribal court meeting the following threshold requirements:

(1) The tribal government has enacted the codes necessary for the tribal justice system to carry out its responsibility under 25 CFR part 115.
(2) The tribal court has adopted and made accessible the court rules setting forth the procedures to adjudicate these cases.
(3) Tribal court personnel have been trained to process these cases and the court is staffed to fulfill the tribal legislative mandate.
(4) The tribal justice system is one that serves as the judicial component of a tribal government which is federally recognized by the United States Government.

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Funding is available to tribal courts (including CFR courts) that assume responsibility of adjudicating matters under 25 CFR part 115. Under part 115, tribal courts are responsible for appointing guardians, determining competency, awarding child support from Indian Individual Money (IIM) accounts, determining paternity, sanctioning adoptions, marriages, and divorces, making presumptions of death, and adjudicating claims involving trust assets.

Listed in:
Federal Register
Vol. 67, No. 62
Monday, April 1, 2002
Page 15407

Original Federal Register
Vol. 67, No. 23
Monday, February 4, 2002
Page 5130-5134

For detailed information go to:


Drug-Free Communities Support Program

Closing Date:                           Amount:  
        April 24, 2002                           Up to $100,000

Eligible Applicants:
Eligible applicants are community coalitions whose members have worked together on substance abuse reduction initiatives for a period of not less than 6 months.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Grantees will receive up to $100,000 in funding and training and technical assistance to reduce substance abuse among youth by addressing the factors in a community that serve to increase or decrease the risk of substance abuse and establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, including Federal, State, local, and tribal governments and private nonprofit agencies to support community coalition efforts to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth.

Listed in:
Federal Register
Vol. 67, No. 30
Wednesday, February 13, 2002
Page 6747

For detailed information go to:

Comments Wanted

Here's your chance to be heard!  The 2002 Census of Tribal Justice Agencies in American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Jurisdictions is the first comprehensive effort by the Department of Justice to document tribal justice agencies, the services they provide, and the capacity among American Indian and Alaska Native tribes to collect and report information on crime in their jurisdictions. Special emphasis will be made to identify the tribal justice forums used for resolving disputes, tribal court services and personnel, law enforcement agencies, record keeping methods, and crime reporting practices. Please review the Draft Survey Instrument (you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader) and kindly direct your comments or questions to Dr. Marika Litras at with the phrase "Tribal Justice Survey" in the subject line.

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