National American Indian Court Judges Association

CTAS Purpose Area 3 Training and Technical Assistance

Indian Country has longstanding criminal justice issues associated with substance abuse, and most recently, tribal communities have been forced to confront a rapid and unprecedented rise in methamphetamine, heroin, and opiate trafficking and abuse that has led to a dramatic increase in reservation crime.  The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) is committed to customizing innovative, grassroots solutions by providing true peer-to-peer TTA that will address the unique interests of tribal sovereigns as defined by the community the justice system serves. The benefit of this approach is bringing together TTA providers who understand the insular nature of reservations and who are invested in the growth and wellbeing of tribal communities with current best practices and cultural competency.

NAICJA will provide TTA to Program Area 3 grantees in partnership with Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative of the Native American Rights Fund, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, Cheryl Fairbanks, LLC, the Hon. Lawrence Lujan, Columbia Law School, the National Center for State Courts, and the Tribal Judicial Institute. NAICJA’s goal is to provide Training and Technical Assistance that preserves each tribe’s own individual concepts of native law and support tribal self-determination by strengthening the justice system and the intervention programs designed to address alcohol and substance abuse.

Training objectives include:

1) Increasing the knowledge of criminal and tribal justice practitioners through in-person training, web based learning, distance learning including webinars and podcasts, and developing or revising training curricula;

2) Increasing all serviced tribal justice agency’s ability to solve problems and/or modify policies and practices; and,

3) Increase information provided to BJA and the criminal and tribal justice communities.

Services and Training and Technical Assistance will include:

  •     Publications, fact-sheets, and model codes,
  •     Code drafting assistance,  
  •     Peer-to-peer consultations,
  •     Listserv communications,
  •     Onsite TTA,
  •     Distance Learning TTA via teleconference, videoconference, and email,
  •     Interactive online training modules,
  •     Webinars,
  •     In-person training and needs assessments via a National Training Conference. Training and pre-conference topics will be related to tribal justice systems, including traditional justice, alcohol and substance abuse as it relates to public safety and victims’ services, law enforcement, prosecution, defense services/legal aid, offender reentry, tribal-federal-state intergovernmental collaboration, and justice information sharing.

COMING SOON! Please return for frequent updates and list of upcoming training events. 

Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program   

NAICJA is the Tribal Justice Training and Technical Assistance provider under the Bureau of Justice Assistance's (BJA) Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) Program, offering training and technical assistance to TCCLA Grantees and Sub-grantee Legal Aid organizations. TTA Resources are available to 1) enhance the operations of tribal justice systems and improve access to those systems, and 2) provide training and technical assistance for development and enhancement of tribal justice systems.  Through a training and technical assistance request form NAICJA took requests for training from TCCLA grantees and Sub-grantee Leal Aid organizations.

Under this grant NAICJA developed the following deliverables:


An Overview of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program and Resources (download)

This publication provides an overview of the Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program (TCCLA). It identifies resources and eligibility guidelines for tribes seeking to obtain or provide civil and criminal legal assistance for their communities, explores program sustainment strategies, and outlines several promising practices for the provision of indigent legal assistance in tribal communities.

Report on the Traditional and Holistic Justice Roundtable (download)

Emerging Practices in Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (download)

Collateral Consequences Infographic (download)

Seeking Assistance for Collateral Consequences (download)

Conferences and Trainings:

Holistic Approach to Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance in Tribal Justice Systems
May 27 – 28, 2014
Marysville, WA 

Traditional Peacemaking: Exploring the Intersections between Tribal Courts and Peacemaking, including Alternatives to Detention
October 6-7, 2014
Catoosa, OK


Webinar 1: Tribal Initiatives: Tribal Public Defense and How to Use Existing Resources to Provide Holistic Defense in Tribal Communities

Webinar 2: Successfully Developing Tribal Justice Systems in a Public Law 280 State

Webinar 3: EXPUNGEMENT AND INDIAN COUNTRY: The Need to Address Past Criminal Histories for a Better Future 

Webinar 4: Building a Collaborative Court with Other Jurisdictions to Treat Nonviolent Tribal Adult Offenders

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