Meant to post this sooner, but the CTAS applications are up and due February 28th. These grants provide can support to tribal courts and tribal justice systems:
In Fiscal Year 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) launched the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) initiative, which encompassed most of the Department’s available Tribal government-specific grant programs. Through CTAS the Department has awarded over 1,600 grants totaling more than $722 million to hundreds of American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The Tribes are using these funds to enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, prevent and control delinquency, strengthen the juvenile justice system, serve sexual assault and elder victims, and support other efforts to combat crime.
Press Release here.
Model code here.
One of the things that is particularly useful in this model code is how it is annotated with information on why the drafters made certain choices, and links to other resources with additional information.
News coverage that confirms all accounts we received that this was a very difficult and discouraging hearing.
This hearing was on DOJ’s motion to dismiss the Goldwater ICWA litigation, which is contesting the constitutionality of ICWA. Relevant documents are here.
In response to questions we’ve been getting–this hearing was only on the government’s motion to dismiss. By the looks of it, the judge is not likely to dismiss the case at this point. Next up in the litigation is a fight over class certification, which the judge was delaying full briefing on until after the decision on the motion to dismiss. There will also be rulings on Navajo Nation and Gila River’s motions to intervene. Short answer to what the hearing likely means–this is looking like a long slog. We would really love to be wrong.
Dialogue on Implementing TLOA’s Enhanced Sentencing Authority
On July 13–14, 2015, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice and the American Probation and Parole Association will conduct A Dialogue on the Tribal Law & Order Act (TLOA) Implementation of Enhanced Sentencing Authority in Tucson, AZ. At this no-cost event, tribal governments will share their experiences in implementing new TLOA authority. Discussion will also explore how to better implement enhanced sentencing authority among interested tribes. For more information visit: www.appa-net.org/eweb/Dynamicpage.aspx?webcode=IV_ProjectDetail&wps_key=49d0989a-0f8a-4644-ba62-2cedacc704bc.
Sarah Kastelic (NICWA), Sam Hirsch (DOJ), JooYeun Chang (Children’s Bureau), and Kevin Washburn (Interior).
See how many people you recognize:
Here is the memo getting the recent press coverage, which seems a bit over the top given what the memo actually says.
Coverage here, here, and here.
Here are the new materials in Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Van Hunnik (D.S.D.):
128 Defendants Response to 1922 Motion
129 Defendants Response to Due Process Motion
The motions for summary judgment are here.
The evidentiary exhibits are here.
The DOJ amicus brief is here.