Tribal Justice Services

Native Justice Project

Native Justice Project is a special initiative of KIVA to assist tribal nations with preparation, implementation and compliance with the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009.  Services include tribal court evaluations, training for tribal judges and tribal court advocates, and improving and strengthening tribal criminal and civil codes.  Services include developing tribal justice programs to provide for clarification of responsibilities of federal, state, county and tribal governments with respect to crimes committed in Indian Country; providing for communication and coordination among agencies, and assistance in developing crime information collection and reporting systems.  Services are best provided and developed through a well-developed strategic plan.

A separate and independent component of this initiative involves establishing new tribal courts where tribes are currently served through Federal CFR courts.  This service may require developing new or amending existing tribal constitutions and developing and organizational structures, including staffing plans and appointment of judges.

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