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Welcome to the National Tribal Justice Resource Center

                        

 

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 National 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 improve the 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.

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 Staff. 

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.

Services

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 Initiative.

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