Who We Are
The culmination of years of
advocacy and work to fulfill the dream of providing a source of daily support
and assistance to tribal justice systems nationwide, the National Tribal Justice Resource Center
was established by the
American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) under a one-year grant from the Bureau
of Justice Assistance (BJA) of the U.S.
Department of Justice on September 1, 2000.
Tribal justice systems are the most visible manifestations of tribal sovereignty.
The Resource Center assists tribes to strengthen their methods of self-government and
climate within tribal lands for economic prosperity by offering tools to
enhance tribal justice systems. By offering a broad scope of technical
assistance services, the Resource Center provides
very real and practical benefits to every American Indian and Alaska Native
justice system in the United States.
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Read the Resource Center's first Annual
Report and see what we have accomplished in our inaugural year!
Location and Staffing
The Resource Center is located at 3333 Iris Avenue, Suite 101, Boulder, Colorado.
Our staff is comprised of experienced Native
American tribal court judges and court administrators -- offering broad national
tribal justice systems expertise. Tina M. Farrenkopf, J.D., M.B.A. (Passamaquoddy)
serves as Acting Executive Director, Debbie A. Emhoolah, A.S. (Kiowa/Arapaho) is the
Finance/Office Manager and Lindsay Beeler, currently completing her B.S. in
Computer Science, is our Computer Database Management Specialist and webmaster.
NAICJA's Board of Directors have established a Management and Oversight
Committee comprised of tribal court judges, tribal court personnel and tribal
justice system resource developers to oversee and advise the Resource Center
Strength Through Collaboration
Representing the first time that many key organizations that
provide training and technical assistance to Native American and Alaska Native tribal justice systems are working
together to coordinate service delivery and assess the need for new resources
and services, the Resource Center is at the hub of a powerful network. Sixteen organizations have joined
together as Collaborating
Partners with NAICJA to support and contribute to the Resource Center.
A representative of each of the Collaborating Partners, plus other individuals and organizations with expertise
in tribal justice issues, resource center development, Indian law and court technology,
serve on a Project Advisory
Committee which assists and advises the Resource Center.
The Resource Center is also serving as the primary technical assistance
provider for those American Indian and Alaska Native Nations that have received
enhancement grants under the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Indian Tribal Courts Program established under
the Indian Country Law Enforcement Initiative.
The Resource Center provides a wide range of technical assistance
services and resources relating to the development and enhancement of American
Indian and Alaska Native justice systems. Programs
and services developed by the Resource Center are offered to all tribal
justice system personnel -- whether working with formalized tribal courts or
with tradition-based tribal dispute resolution forums.
The Indian Tribal Courts Technical Assistance Program
In addition to its other services, the Resource Center is also serving as the primary technical assistance
provider for those Native American and Alaska Native Nations that have received
enhancement grants under the Bureau of Justice
Assistance's Indian Tribal Courts Program. The BJA
Tribal Courts Program was established under
the joint Department of Justice-Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Country Law Enforcement