Bay Mills Indian Community and OJS Present Virtual VAWA and ICWA Training: August 5-7, 2020

_Noonjimo’iwewin_ A VAWA and ICWA Training

The Bay Mills Indian Community (Gnoozhekaaning) will host Noojimo’iwewin: A Virtual VAWA and ICWA Training, August 5-7, 2020. Streamed digitally via Zoom, the conference invites law enforcement officials, attorneys, and social work advocates from all communities to look forward from domestic violence. This training is tuition free. Register here.

Press release, Noojimo’iwewin: VAWA and ICWA Training 2020

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Job Opening for Deputy Associate Director with the Tribal Justice Services Directorate


The Office of Justice Services (OJS), within the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), is searching for an individual to serve as a Deputy Associate Director with the Tribal Justice Services Directorate.  Do you have experience in tribal court based initiatives which have promoted tribal court functions?  Do you have experience in civil and criminal functions within a tribal court?  Have you provided technical guidance and training for tribal court issues, including criminal, civil and traditionally based alternative resolutions?  Do you have an interest in working with tribal communities in the initial stages of creating a tribal justice system?  Do you have knowledge on Public Law 280 and the Indian Civil Rights Act?  Are you interested in travel?  Is so, this could be the job for you!

The major duties of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

Designs and creates tribal court training programs which aim to promote and enhance the tribal civil and criminal functions, as well as training programs designed to assist in enhancing tribal court infrastructure.
Plans, coordinates and conducts research and analysis on juvenile programs in Indian country, and coordinates pilot programs working with tribal governments on juvenile programs. Works to promote alternative dispute resolution options for juveniles as well as adults.
Supervises Tribal Justices Services (TJS) program operations and staff, which includes planning work to be accomplished, setting priorities, assigning work, evaluating staff performance, scheduling and approving leave requests, resolving issues and advocating awards and corrective action.
Plans, coordinates and conducts evaluations of tribal systems in the enhancement of the justice system.
Recommends solutions to resolve identified tribal court deficiencies.
Assists in the design of a data system that reports, the status and needs of tribal courts to various entities, and performs statistical analyses with system data for tribal courts.

Child Welfare Evidence Training at Pascua Yaqui Tribe in March

Link to details and registration form here.

No charge for the seminar. Selected participants are responsible for their own airfare, accommodations, and meals.

Child Welfare Evidence Training will be repeated in three other venues regionally in 2016, as organized by the federal government. Current venues for future training include Montana and Michigan. One other site is to be determined in the southern region.

All applications must be submitted by FEBRUARY 12, 2016 to Mercedes Garcia at Participants will be notified by FEBRUARY 15, 2016, regarding their selection.

Information on the Tribal Court Trial Advocacy Program

From the federal press release:

The result of a collaborative effort by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services (OJS) and DOJ’s Access to Justice Initiative (AJI), the Tribal Court Trial Advocacy Program is the first national effort by DOI and DOJ to offer trial advocacy training with courses designed specifically for tribal courts and free training to the judges, public defenders and prosecutors who work in them. Training is provided in three topic areas – domestic abuse, illegal narcotics and sexual assault on children and adults – with faculty and instructional materials prepared by experts knowledgeable about tribal court issues. The program is unique because it also has training specifically for public defenders.

A pilot training session on domestic violence held by the OJS and the ATJ in August 2011 in Rapid City, S.D., proved so successful that the OJS and its federal partners provided funding for seven additional sessions. The first of those, which focused on illegal narcotics, was held March 13-15, 2012, in Phoenix, Ariz. Each of the six remaining sessions, to be held through the rest of 2012 and into 2013, will focus on one training topic. The schedule for the coming sessions is:
July 24-26, 2012, Duluth, Minn.
August 14-16, 2012, Durango, Colo.
September 11-13, 2012, Great Falls, Mont.
October 2-4, 2012, Seattle, Wash.
October 23-25, 2012, Chinle, Ariz.
January 15-17, 2013, Albuquerque, N.M.

For more information about the DOI-DOJ Tribal Court Trial Advocacy Program, which training topic will be offered at which site, and how to register for upcoming sessions, contact the BIA’s Indian Police Academy at 575-748-8151.