National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking – September 9-11, 2019 at Talking Stick Resort

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is pleased to share the dates and location for the next National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking (NJIDCST): September 9-11, 2019 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The NJIDCST is an interactive workshop that seeks to increase the judiciary’s understanding of child sex trafficking in the U.S. and improve the justice system’s response to victims and those at risk for sex trafficking. The program begins on Monday at 8 a.m. and concludes on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

Registration and other information on the institute can be found here.

Historic Tribal Family Adoption on Seminole Reservation

From The Seminole Tribune article:

“The ceremony was historic because it was the first time a Tribal family adoption was finalized on a Seminole Reservation – this one taking place in the Tribal headquarters auditorium.

The adoption was made possible through a collaborative effort involving Tribal Court officials, Circuit Court Judge Jose Izquierdo of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Florida and other state agencies.”

Call for Applications Open for NCJFCJ’s Implementation Sites Project

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is pleased to invite applicants from state and tribal dependency court(s) to apply to participate in the Implementation Site Project.

The NCJFCJ, with funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), has been partnering with courts across the country since 1992 to improve outcomes for abused and neglected children and their families. The NCJFCJ will be selecting six (6) sites to participate in the project. There is no direct funding available to participating sites. However, the six sites that are selected will receive training, technical assistance, and support from NCJFCJ staff. The six courts will join 21 other state and tribal jurisdictions that are currently part of the project.

The six (6) selected implementation sites will receive individualized assessments, training, and technical assistance as they seek to implement the principles and recommendations set forth in the Enhanced Resource Guidelines and work toward improving practices and outcomes. As part of this effort, the new Implementation Sites will be expected to be “laboratories for change” as they will be participating in an ongoing assessment of their performance and they will be expected to share their results with the NCJFCJ and other sites in order to inform and sustain a larger system improvement effort.

For more information and to apply, see the call for applications.

NCJFCJ’s Article on the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018

Here: NCJFCJ FFPSA In Session Fall 2018 

Originally published in the Fall 2018 edition of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) members-only magazine, In Session. To receive future issues of the magazine, become a member of the NCJFCJ by clicking here.

Register now for NCJFCJ’s Tribal Court Community of Practice 10/20/17

A community of practice is a web-based event using Adobe Connect system to bring together people who share a common goal or experience on a monthly basis. The platform utilizes tools that encourage people to share ideas, ask questions, and collaborate. We will use the first community of practice online call to generate topics for subsequent meetings.

More information here.

Sign up here.


Latest LGBTQ Toolkit for Tribes

The Tribal Equity Toolkit 3.0 was published a few months ago in collaboration with numerous LGBTQ organizations.

From the website (which also includes other resources):

The Tribal Equity Toolkit 3.0: Tribal Resolutions and Codes to Support Two Spirit and LGBTQ Justice in Indian Country is the first of its kind—providing sample legal language for adapting tribal resolutions and codes to recognize the rights of all tribal citizens. A third edition of the toolkit was published with the support of a growing coalition of national organizations convened by Western States Center, National Congress of American Indians, and the Center for American Progress.

Happy Pride!

Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Exhibits Andy Warhol Panels “Cowboys and Indians”

From OPB here. An excerpt

The 10 panels and additional material are on loan to Tamastslikt from the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York. Tamastslikt curator Randall Melton says the images are evenly divided among the Cowboys — iconic western figures like General Custer and John Wayne — and Indians — images Warhol obtained from what became the National Museum of the American Indian.

Melton explains, “People kind of give you the ‘Huh? How does that fit into a tribal interpretive center?’ “

He says this show is a departure from the museum’s usual cultural program, but an intentional one. The Tamastslikt show marks the first time these works have travelled. They’re typical of Warhol’s style — photographs, done up in silkscreen, then painted with lots of vibrant color.

Dorothy Cyr, a tribal member who works next door at the Wild Horse Casino, brought her 12-year-old son Zech to see the show.

“It was nice,” the younger Cyr said, strolling amid the panels. “It was really odd the way he uses his art, how he made all the colors.” Dorothy Cyr added, “I think it’s a great opportunity for our tribe to have such works displayed on our reservation.”