Tribal Protection Order Webinar Series

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, and the National Congress of American Indians are hosting a webinar series on tribal protection orders. Each webinar will be 30 minutes with additional time for Question and Answer. Participants may attend one or more webinars, there are no prerequisites to attend any webinar. All webinars will be archived on

Please register for the topic(s), date and time that works best for you. The registration links are located below each topic description.

1) Issuing tribal protection orders – This webinar will discuss how to craft tribal protection orders, what language must be included in a tribal protection order, and how to meet the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) full faith and credit provision.

Tue, Sep 13, 2016 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Registration URL:
Webinar ID: 144-585-971

2) Enforcing protection orders generally and for VAWA Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction over non-Indian (SDVCJ) cases – This webinar will discuss how to enforce tribal protection orders through: criminal prosecution, criminal contempt, and civil contempt. Enforcing tribal protection order under the VAWA SDVCJ will also be addressed.

Tue, Sep 20, 2016 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Registration URL:
Webinar ID: 118-977-555

3) Contempt and tribal protection orders – This webinar will discuss what powers judges have to maintain the safety, order and integrity of the court while issuing and enforcing tribal protection orders.

Tue, Sep 27, 2016 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Registration URL:
Webinar ID: 121-647-987

Panelists: Honorable Steven D. Aycock, (Ret.), Judge-in-Residence, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Honorable Kelly Gaines Stoner, Victim Advocacy Legal Specialist, Tribal Law and Policy Institute and Judge, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

Facilitators: Virginia Davis, Senior Policy Advisor, National Congress of American Indians, Chia Halpern Beetso, Tribal Court Specialist, Tribal Law and Policy Institute

This webinar series is a part of a series of VAWA Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction over non-Indians webinars. For past webinars please see: Past webinars include – Jury Pools and Selection, Defendant’s Rights, Victims’ Rights, Prosecution Skills, and Code Revision & Drafting. For further information on VAWA SDVCJ and protection orders, please visit: ; ;

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Save the Date: 15th National Indian Nations Conference

December 8-10, 2016
Pre-Conference Institutes will be held on December 7, 2016

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation Coachella Valley, California

This national conference provides opportunities for tribal, state, and federal participants to share knowledge, experiences, and ideas for developing and improving strategies and programs that serve the unique needs of crime victims in Indian Country. For information on previous conferences see

Tribal Law and Policy Institute
P: 323-650-5467 ~ F: 323-650-8149
Conference Website:

Registration Packets will be available in early summer 2016
Call for Presentations available here.

Formal Justice Department Conference Approval Pending.

Call for Presentations: 15th National Indian Nations Conference

The Office for Victims of Crime and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute are extending this invitation to participate as a presenter at the 15th National Indian Nations Conference. Workshop presentations should demonstrate methods and strategies to improve safety, as well as promote justice and healing for crime victims through cooperation, and collaboration between Tribal, Federal, State, local and private entities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Target Audience: The target audience is all persons interested in assisting victims of crime in Indian country including:

Indian Country Service Providers (Tribal, State, and Federal):

  • Child Advocates
  • Child Protection Case Workers
  • Social Services
  • Elder Services
  • Victim Advocates
  • Medical Personnel
  • Law Enforcement
  • Judges & Prosecutors
  • Probation/Corrections
  • Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Traditional Healers

Tribal Community Members:

  • Tribal Leaders
  • Victims/Survivors of Crime
  • Tribal Elders & Youth
  • Tribal College Faculty & Students

We welcome presentation ideas for all levels of experience/knowledge. Presenters must demonstrate expertise in working with Native American communities. Selection Criteria for Workshops will include:

  • Relevance to the target audience
  • Fits into conference theme/goals
  • Presenters demonstrate expertise in working with Native American communities.
  • Encourages interdisciplinary coordination and cooperation
  • Highlights promising practices
  • Introduces innovative strategies
  • Honors and supports victims of crime
  • Workshop demonstrates clear connection to crime victimization

Workshops must conform to the Conference Theme “Harnessing Our Collective Wisdom: Strengthening the Circle of Safety, Justice and Healing” and one or more of the Conference Goals (below):

  • Honoring & Listening to Victim/Survivor Voices: Creating victimcentered/
    sensitive responses; being inclusive of victim/survivors particularly those from un‐served or underserved populations, including LGBTQ victims; and promoting peer to peer learning opportunities.
  • Promoting Safety, Justice and Healing: Justice for victims/justice for all; understanding jurisdictional issues; exercising tribal sovereignty to promote safety & justice; highlighting the resiliency of spirituality & healing in tribal communities.
  • Honoring the Wisdom of the Past: Understanding historical trauma; enlisting tribal elders as keepers of our tribal histories; and embracing traditional teachings.
  • Promoting Traditional Values: Promoting traditional values and incorporating traditional skills in crime victim services; upholding wellness, mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally; and framing victim services around tribal traditions.
  • Ensuring Safety, Justice & Healing for Seven Generations of Children: Addressing child sexual abuse & education on developing programs for victims; emphasis on victims within the juvenile justice system; support for keeping youth within.
  • Working in Harmony: Building partnerships with federal agencies; supporting partnerships between tribes; education on the importance of networking and working together in collaboration to strengthen services; supporting multidisciplinary
    teams; and networking with Native men to address domestic violence & sexual assault.
  • Supporting and Educating Tribal Leaders: Educating and supporting efforts of tribal leaders to achieve accountability and responsibility to victims of crime.
  • Sustaining our Legacy: Developing skills and incorporating cultural approaches to enhance sustainability and measurability; increasing the accuracy of victimization research; and developing capacity within victim services.
  • Healing the Healers: Ensuring safety and support for service providers.

Formal Justice Department Conference Approval Pending.

Questions: Tribal Law and Policy Institute, P: 3236505467 ~ F: 3236508149
Email:, Website:

Mailing address:
Tribal Law and Policy Institute
8235 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 211
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Capacity Building Center for Tribes Webinar on Title IV-E

Tribal Considerations for Title IV-E Access

Join us for a webinar on Apr 07, 2016

10:00 AM Alaska Time
11:00 AM Pacific Time
12:00 PM Mountain Time
1:00 PM Central Time
2:00 PM Eastern Time

Register now!

Many Tribes are exploring how federal Title IV-E funds can best meet their child welfare program needs. Some Tribes are considering direct access to Title IV-E, while others are engaged in or considering Tribal-State IV-E agreements and contracts. The federal Children’s Bureau, joined by the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and the new Capacity Building Center for Tribes, will share detailed information about Title IV-E considerations for Tribes who may be seeking to operate a Title IV-E program, either directly or through agreements. The discussion will focus on federal Title IV-E regulations as well as Tribe’s experience in direct access.

New Website – Sex Trafficking Resources for Tribal Coalitions

A new website is now available with the express purpose of providing sex trafficking information and resources for tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions. The link to the site is here.

From the site:

This website was created to provide tribal coalitions with quick access to information their advocates need–legal resources, victim service directories, training calendars, technical assistance, and more.

Additionally, we envision this site as a place for Native women to find help when dealing with violence. Individuals can reach out to their local Tribal Coalition(s) for assistance or they can easily use our Victim Services Directory themselves. We suggest, however, that individuals contact their local tribal coalition for assistance first. A Tribal Coalition can help individuals navigate options and services, and utilizing coalition connections can increase a client’s chances of receiving services or referrals immediately. 

The site includes federal, state, and tribal laws, articles, resources, and information about victim services and will continue to include new information as it becomes available.

TLPI Code Resource: Drafting or Revising Tribal Juvenile Justice Codes

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) is pleased to announce a new Tribal Legal Code Resource publication – A Guide for Drafting or Revising Tribal Juvenile Delinquency and Status Offense Laws – which is the most recent addition to TLPI’s Tribal Legal Code Resource series. This resource was developed with support from both the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Tribal Youth Program Training and Technical Assistance Center. Please note that the June 2015 version – available through TLPI’s Tribal Court Clearinghouse – includes an interactive version with extensive internal and external links and downloadable PDF format.

Report from Coalition for Juvenile Justice and Tribal Law and Policy Institute on Status Offense Disparities


American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) young people are almost twice as likely to be petitioned to state court for skipping school, violating liquor laws, and engaging in other behaviors that are only illegal because of their age (often known as status offenses). Once involved with the state court system, they are less likely to be placed on probation and experience higher rates of detention and residential placements. Although we do not know the exact reasons for these disparities, recent efforts to better serve these youth have focused on responding to trauma and exposure to violence, better addressing substance abuse issues and mental health needs, addressing family needs, and offering more diversion programs and youth leadership development opportunities. This brief looks at the disparities faced in the state system by AI/AN youth who are charged with status offenses, the ability of both state and tribal systems to respond to status offenses, and federal funding levels to support efforts to better serve these youth.

Who Won Indian Law and Policy 2014? First Round Bracket — 8 of 8

Last one for the day!

Still on category 4, groups.

# 2 Tribal Supreme Court Project

They’ve need a win, and Bay Mills was a biggie! While they were unable to persuade SCOTUS not to take the case in the first (even the SG failed there), and they were unable to persuade the tribe not to bring this case in the first place, but that said, they did help tribal interests avoid problems in a lot of other cases (here, here, here, here, and here). Actually, I have no idea if they helped or not but we’ll give them some credit anyway.


# 15 Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Always been a big fan of Jerry Gardner and his crew. One of the funniest men around. Did amazing work on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence Report this year.

#7 Native American Bar Association

NABA will be releasing a report arising out of a survey that over 500 Indian lawyers completed this year, so maybe this posting is a year early.


#10 Tribal In-House Counsel Association

New organization that has the potential to revolutionize the practice of law in Indian country. I’m hoping that TICA members will be able to cut through a lot of this in the coming generation.

#3 Authors of law review articles on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

Yes, there’s a lot, lot, lot of these out there. Some are brilliant and inspiring, some are, well, kinda scary.


#14 Authors of law review articles on Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community

Not as many, and most are less scary. Here, here, here, here. Some are just weird.

# 6 Carcieri challengers

The people, groups, tribes, and states and state subdivisions that want to use a poorly-reasoned Supreme Court decision to stop Indian gaming at all costs are legion. Samples here, here, here, here, here, here, and elsewhere (just type Carcieri into TT’s search engine). Interior has opined about it here.


# 11 Tribal sovereign lenders