2017 US DOJ Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)

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.


Fact Sheet


News Coverage of Goldwater (ICWA Litigation) Hearing

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.

TLOA Implementation Event, July 13-14

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.

OJJDP Grant Application to Provide Training and Technical Assistant on Juvenile Justice Issues


OJJDP is seeking a Tribal Youth Program training and technical assistance provider to provide culturally, trauma-informed, and developmentally appropriate training; support, resources; information; and other related technical assistance to all OJJDP tribal program grantees and federally recognized tribes across the nation. When allocating resources, OJJDP-funded tribal program grantees would receive priority. The successful applicant will develop culturally specific training and technical assistance for tribes seeking to build capacity to develop, expand, improve and/or maintain their juvenile justice systems. Priority areas include juvenile healing-to-wellness courts, tribal youth-specific prevention, intervention, and treatment programming and tribal-state collaborations to meet the needs of American Indian/Alaska Native children exposed to violence. The successful applicant will collaborate closely with OJJDP’s other training and technical assistance efforts and

Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Van Hunnik Briefing Complete


Brief in Support of First Motion (July 2014)

Statement of Undisputed Facts (First Motion)

Due Process Motion (Second PSJ)

Due Process Undisputed Facts

Exhibit 1 (Hearing Transcripts) 502 pp

Exhibit 2 (Custody Orders) 113 pp.

Exhibit 7 (ICWA Affidavits) 145 pages

Exhibit 8 (Petitions for Temp Custody) 7 pages

DOJ Amicus Brief

128 Defendants Response to 1922 Motion

129 Defendants Response to Due Process Motion



State Judges Respond to Oglala Sioux Tribe Motions for Summary Judgment

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.