State & Tribal Collaboration Webinar Series
State & Tribal Collaboration Webinar Series
Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and jointly hosted by the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), this webinar series aims to enhance state and tribal collaboration and highlight the benefits of intergovernmental coordination. Each webinar in this series focuses on a different aspect of state and tribal collaboration.
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- Improving Tribal & State Community Relations: Joint Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and South Dakota Highway Patrol Memorandum of Understanding
- Preparing to Return Home: Tribal and State Reentry Collaborations
- Improving Tribal Access to Victim Services: Lessons from National, State, and Tribal Perspectives
- Pre-Grant Application Webinar: Project TEAM: Helping Tribes and State/Local Governments Create Joint Jurisdiction Collaborations
- Tribal Implementation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) in 2014: Federal, Tribal, State and Local Perspectives
- Tribal-State Corrections Collaboration Strategies for Meeting the Needs of Native Inmates
- Pre-Grant Application Webinar: Project TEAM - Helping Tribes and State/Local Governments Create Joint Jurisdiction Collaborations
- Collaborative Approaches to Justice Information Sharing among Tribal, State and Local Justice Agencies
- Building Collaborative Relationships to Enhance Tribal-State-Local-Federal Public Safety Efforts
- Tribal-State Court Collaboration Based on Native Justice Traditions
- Tribal Access to Federal Criminal Justice Databases
- Defender Initiatives in Indian Country
- Enhancing Cooperation: Tribal-State Public Safety Agreements
- TLOA Tribal Justice Plan: An Overview & Update on Implementation
- Tribal Detention Policy Series
- Untangling the Web: Understanding Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country and the Role of Tribal Sovereignty
- The Tribal Law & Order Act & Its Implications For Justice Systems in Indian Country
Improving Tribal & State Community Relations: Joint Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and South Dakota Highway Patrol Memorandum of Understanding
Collaborations between tribal communities and state and local law enforcement are changing attitudes, building trust, and forming mutual respect between policing agencies and community members. In 2013, the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and the South Dakota Highway Patrol entered into a historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) that empowers state law enforcement officers to enforce tribal law on the reservation at the request of the Tribe. For the past two years, the Tribe has used this MOU to ensure public safety during the Tribe’s annual powwow. This webinar highlights how this intergovernmental collaboration came about, the significance of this partnership for law enforcement and the community, and lessons learned. Presenters included Chairwoman Roxanne Sazue, Chairwoman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Chief Scott Shields, Police Chief of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, and Captain Alan Welsh, District Commander of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.
Preparing to Return Home: Tribal and State Reentry Collaborations
Transitioning from incarceration back to a community is often a complex process not only for the returning individual, but also their families and community-at-large. Reentry can be especially difficult for tribal members who wish to return to their tribal communities. Given much of Indian Country is located in geographically remote areas, successful reentry is inherently complicated for those who are subject to state supervision. In such instances, it is critical that the releasing agency and the tribal community work together to leverage community resources in order to meet the basic and behavioral health needs of the person returning.
This webinar, Preparing to Return Home: Tribal-State Reentry Collaborations, explored two examples of how communities have collaborated to aid in the successful reentry of local tribal members. We first highlighted recent efforts by the U. S. Attorney from the District of Colorado, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and, county agencies to develop strategies for reentry planning and service alignment for tribal members preparing to return home. Next, we highlighted the Tribal-Parole Pilot Project recently enacted through South Dakota’s Public Safety Improvement Act (PSIA). This pilot project establishes a partnership between the South Dakota Department of Corrections (DOC), the Department of Tribal Relations, and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe. Through this initiative, the State provides training and funding for a tribal parole agent to supervise parolees on the reservation. A tribal wellness team works with the agent and parolee in accessing services, providing appropriate supervision and support, and responding to violations.
Improving Tribal Access to Victim Services: Lessons from National, State, and Tribal Perspectives
With high rates of crime and victimization, tribal communities suffer disproportionately from the long-lasting and multi-generational impacts of exposure to violence. By restoring tribal court jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit acts of dating and domestic violence on tribal lands, the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) renewed the focus on domestic violence in Indian country and the needs of tribal victims. Improving Tribal Access to Victim Services: Lessons from National, State, and Tribal Perspectives highlighted practical approaches to ensuring tribal access to victims funding, compensation, and services. This webinar also highlighted collaborative state, local, and tribal efforts aimed at providing a variety of services to meet the needs of tribal victims.
Presenting for this webinar were: Dianne Barker Harrold, Attorney and Indian Country Consultant, Member, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma; Brian Hendrix, Victims of Crime Tribal Liaison for State of Oklahoma, Member Muscogee Creek Nation; and Nikki Finkbonner, Coordinator at Lummi Nation Victims of Crime Program. Steve Siegel, Director, Special Program Unit, Denver District Attorney and Board Member of Unified Solutions and NCJA was the moderator.
Pre-Grant Application Webinar: Project TEAM: Helping Tribes and State/Local Governments Create Joint Jurisdiction Collaborations
This webinar was presented by members of Project TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More). Project TEAM is funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) to sites who wish to design and implement joint jurisdiction justice projects. Project TEAM’s model is based on the successful experience of Judge John Smith and Judge Korey Wahwassuck who created the nation’s first joint jurisdiction court in Minnesota. The Cass County-Leech Lake Wellness Court was successful in reducing recidivism, improving public safety, and helping to significantly improve the relationship between the tribe and the surrounding community. In 2013, BJA funded Project TEAM to provide TTA to the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians and El Dorado County Superior Court in California. Following TTA assistance, the tribe and county plan to launch a joint-jurisdiction juvenile and family wrap-around wellness court in the spring of 2015.
The BJA has authorized Project TEAM to provide TTA to two additional communities. The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) is hosted this webinar to introduce Project TEAM staff, describe the TTA services offered, and review the application procedure for TTA assistance.
Presenters on the webinar included all Project TEAM staff led by Judges Korey Wahwassuck and John P. Smith, and Judges Christine Williams and Suzanne Kingsbury from the Shingle Springs-El Dorado County initiative.
Tribal Implementation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) in 2014: Federal, Tribal, State and Local Perspectives
Are you interested in learning more about how tribal jurisdictions are implementing SORNA? Do you work for a state where tribes are implementing SORNA and need to know more about how to collaborate? Do you have questions about SORNA requirements and where to get assistance? If so, please join us for this webinar showcasing SORNA implementation efforts underway in state, local, and tribal jurisdictions. This webinar highlighted the work of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, efforts at the state level in Colorado and work underway between Colorado and two local tribes to coordinate further implementation across jurisdictions. The webinar also included an update from the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) Office and provided attendees with information on how to access training and technical assistance (TTA) resources available to tribal jurisdictions for SORNA implementation. This is an interactive session with opportunities for participants to ask questions of the presenters.
• Allison Turkel, Senior Policy Advisor, SMART Office
• Jim Warren, Consultant, Fox Valley, National Criminal Justice Training Center & Member, White Earth Ojibwe Nation
• Warren Warrington, Master Sergeant, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
• Chris Lobanov-Rostovsky, Program Manager, Colorado Division of Criminal Justice
• Roger Przybylski, Consultant and Founder, RKC Group
Tribal-State Corrections Collaboration Strategies for Meeting the Needs of Native Inmates
Many Native inmates are housed in state-run facilities or under supervision of state-supported community corrections programs. To increase the possibility of positive outcomes for these individuals, state correctional agencies are working with Tribal justice leaders to develop and implement programs that provide culturally-sensitive services to tribal members in state correctional programs. In this webinar, the Director the New Mexico Department of Corrections Office of Recidivism Reduction discussed the implementation of the New Mexico State Tribal Collaboration Act and the programs provided to meet the needs of tribal members in the state’s correctional institutions. In addition the Chief Corrections Officer for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and his counterpart from Washington State Probation discussed their collaboration to provide services to tribal members under supervision of state probation.
Pre-Grant Application Webinar: Project TEAM - Helping Tribes and State/Local Governments Create Joint Jurisdiction Collaborations
This webinar was presented by founders Judge John Smith, formerly of District Court of Cass County, Minnesota, and Judge Korey Wahwassuck, formerly of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Tribal Court. Their collaboration began in 2006 in response to high numbers of drunk driving fatalities. Together Judges Smith and Wahwassuck created the nation’s first Joint Jurisdictional Wellness Court. In the webinar, they discussed the current Wellness Court Collaboration in Cass County and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, reviewed the Request for Proposals, and the application processes for eligible jurisdictions that want to create their own joint jurisdictional court collaboration.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance, through Oregon Health Sciences and University, has provided funding for a TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) Project that will allow for documentation of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe-Cass County Wellness Court, and training and technical assistance to one site that wishes to use Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe-Cass County as a model in creating its own joint jurisdictional court initiative. The TEAM is comprised of Judge Smith, Judge Wahwassuck, Jennifer Fahey, JD, Scott Warnick, JD, and Allison Leof, PhD; all of whom will be available for the webinar to answer questions.
Presenting for this webinar were John Smith, Judge, Court of Appeals, State of Minnesota, and Korey Wahwassuck, Judge, District Court, County of Itasca, Minnesota.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2012-IC-BX-K003 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Collaborative Approaches to Justice Information Sharing among Tribal, State and Local Justice Agencies
Many jurisdictions across the country are working to improve sharing of vital justice information across jurisdictional and agency boundaries. Tribal, local and state agencies are developing methods of sharing information related to management of sex offenders, homeland security and child welfare issues. This webinar highlights collaborative approaches to justice information sharing that respect tribal sovereignty and traditions while providing public safety to all citizens. Tribal law enforcement officials discussed efforts to share information across jurisdictional boundaries as partners in the Regional Organized Crime Information Center for the Southeastern United States and the East Valley Fusion Center in Phoenix, Arizona. A representative of the Regional Information Sharing System (RISS) provided information about resources that facilitate criminal justice information sharing among tribal, state, and local justice agencies.
Building Collaborative Relationships to Enhance Tribal-State-Local-Federal Public Safety Efforts
The Community Relations Service (CRS) is the U.S Department of Justice’s "peacemaker" for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin. The CRS promotes the principles and ideals of non-discrimination and applies skills that allow parties to come to their own agreement. In this webinar session, CRS Region VII Director, Pascual Marquez and Conciliation Specialist Grace Sage Musser presented lessons learned and best practices used to assist participants who are building collaborative relationships in tribal-state-local-federal initiatives to sustain public safety. These best practices focused on:
- Building a collaborative, respectful relationships;
- Understanding the values, culture and tradition of their neighbors;
- Showing kindness and respect to each other;
- Being open to learning and being educated; and
- Learning the community’s economy, history, culture.
The webinar presenters also highlighted resources available through the CRS and how to access them.
Tribal-State Court Collaboration Based on Native Justice Traditions
This webinar highlighted three programs that blend native and state justice on innovative ways to improve state and tribal justice. Staff of the Center for Court Innovation’s peacemaking pilot program at the Red Hook Community Justice Center discussed how traditional Native American practices are used to resolve disputes that originate in either the justice system or in the community. Peacemaking is a traditional Native American approach to justice that strives to resolve the immediate dispute, but also to heal the relationships among those involved and restore balance to the community. In the second program, Justice officials from the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in Akwesasne, New York discussed how The Healing to Wellness/Drug Court, housed under the Tribal Court, uses cultural traditions to restore and heal justice involved tribal members in collaboration with neighboring Courts. Lastly, representatives from the New Mexico Tribal–State Judicial Consortium and Cross Cultural Exchanges discussed how the Consortium contributes to collaboration among state and tribal courts.
Tribal Access to Federal Criminal Justice Databases
It is important for tribal law-enforcement agencies and courts to have access to vital criminal justice information that can be used to protect their citizens and individuals residing in Indian Country. Tribes’ ability to access and manipulate this information allows tribal law enforcement to protect not only those within their borders, but members who live beyond the tribe’s external boundaries.
In this webinar, we discussed tribal access to federal databases maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS). These critical national databases include the National Crime Information Center, Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, and National Instant Criminal Background Check System. We will focus on the barriers that tribes face in gaining access to national databases and what steps tribes can take to help overcome these challenges.
Presenting at this webinar were Kirk Flerchinger, Sex Offender Registry Officer for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR); Kimberly K. Lough, Management and Program Analyst in the Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and, Chris Chaney, an enrolled member of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma and Unit Chief for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Office of the General Counsel, Access Integrity Unit (AIU).
Defender Initiatives in Indian Country
While this is the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark case that secured the right to government paid counsel in state criminal proceedings, many state, local and tribal justice officials are unaware that the right to free defense council does not apply in Indian Country. The 2010 Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) and the 2013 Reauthorization of the Violence Against Woman Act (VAWA) include provisions that affect not only tribal courts in general, but the indigent defender community specifically. Defender Initiatives in Indian Country will discuss how recent legislation has affected tribal courts and the tribal defender community and will examine how two tribal defender initiatives are enhancing the provision of justice and improving perceptions of procedural fairness. This webinar will highlight the work of the Defenders Office of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana and the work of Anishinabe Legal Services, an Indian Legal Services program that serves the Leech Lake, White Earth and Red Lake Reservations in Northern Minnesota. In addition, this webinar will discuss state and federal resources available to support indigent defense in tribal courts. Presenters for this webinar are Ann Sherwood, managing attorney with the Defenders Office of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai; Cody Nelson, co-executive director, Anishinabe Legal Services, Maha Jweied, senior counsel, Access to Justice Initiative within the US Department of Justice and Alex Sierck, project director, Center for Holistic Defense, a project of The Bronx Defenders.
Enhancing Cooperation: Tribal-State Public Safety Agreements
- Law Enforcement Agreement Between the Navajo Nation and the Arizona Department of Public Safety
- Mutual Aid Agreement Between the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
- Intergovernmental Agreement LEVEL B: The AZ Counter Terrorism Information Center and The Navaho Nation
- Intergovernmental Agreement LEVEL C: The AZ Counter Terrorism Information Center and The Tribal Nation for Statewide Terrorism Liaison Officer Program
This webinar, hosted by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) with support by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) focused on tribal-state public safety agreements. These agreements include memoranda of understanding, cross-deputization agreements, and mutual-aid agreements. The discussion focused on the importance of tribes, states, and localities working together on public safety issues; addressed obstacles to cooperation; and highlighted best practices the Navajo Nation has used in forging these agreements in multiple states.
TLOA Tribal Justice Plan: An Overview & Update on Implementation
The webinar provided an overview of the Tribal Justice Plan, the Work Group structure, and accomplishments to date. Representatives from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and BIA provided updates of the significant progress made on implementing recommendations and continuing discussions to implement remaining recommendations.
Tribal Detention Policy Series
Special Four Part Series of interactive, working webinars designed to focus on developing clear, concise policy recommendations for inclusion in any long-term detention plan submitted to Congress under the Tribal Law & Order Act (TLOA). Each webinar will provide a brief overview of the subject. Following the introductory overview, the major focus of theseworking webinar will be to gather input and feedback and answer questions from tribal leaders, justice professionals, and various other stakeholders.
The webinars in this series are described below.
Overhauling the System: A Long Term Plan to Address Detention in Indian Country
This webinar provided a brief overview on: the basic structure of the long-term detention report mandated by the TLOA; the process for input; and a summary of federal progress thus far. View the webinar here.
Exploring New Approaches: Alternatives to Incarceration, Multi-Purpose Justice Centers, and Treatment Centers
This webinar will provide a brief overview on: fresh approaches and alternatives to detention in Indian Country; the tribal multi-purpose justice center model and its success; treatment centers for Native youth and adults; and remaining challenges to address. View the webinar here.
Bricks and Mortar: Facility Construction and Operation
This webinar will provide a brief overview on: the basic framework for detention in Indian country (type, number, and location of facilities); challenges of construction and operation; successful models; and strategies for the future. View the webinar here.
A Brighter Future: Pre-release and Reentry Into the Community
This webinar will provide a brief overview on: pre-release issues and challenges of reentry faced by Native prisoners; tribal community response and support during the reentry phase; and strategies for the future. View the webinar here.
Untangling the Web: Understanding Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country and the Role of Tribal Sovereignty
This webinar focused on tribal sovereignty and interaction between tribes and states in the criminal justice context and featured opening remarks by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) on the importance of state and tribal collaboration followed by guest speaker, Kevin Washburn, enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation and current Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law. He presented on the ins and outs of criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country and how the jurisdictional rules create the need for cooperation between state, local, federal and tribal law enforcement, courts, and victim and offender services. View the webinar here or download the PowerPoint presentation here.
The Tribal Law & Order Act & Its Implications For Justice Systems in Indian Country
This webinar focused on the recently enacted Tribal Law & Order Act and its implications for states and tribes and featured John Harte, enrolled member of the San Felipe Pueblo and former Policy Director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, who presented on key provisions of the Tribal Law & Order Act and the types of intergovernmental coordination necessary for successful implementation. View the webinar here.
These webinars are supported by Grant No. 2010-IC-BX-K054 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, the Community Capacity Development Office, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Criminal Justice Association or the National Congress of American Indians.