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Tribal Justice

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Additional Resources

Publications & Multimedia

Tribal Crime Data Collection Activities
Bureau of Justice Statistics, Annual

Guide to SORNA Implementation in Indian Country, Second Edition
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, August 2020

Bureau of Justice Assistance Programs that Support Rural and Tribal Justice
Bureau of Justice Assistance, February 2020

The Enhancement of the Native American CODIS STR Database for Use in Forensic Casework
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2019

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program: Support to Tribal Communities
Bureau of Justice Assistance, March 2019

SPIRIT – Supporting, Protection, Integration, and Resources in Tribes
Office for Victims of Crime, November 2018

Tribal Sex Offender Registration Code: 2017 Revised Version
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, March 2017

Intersecting Laws: The Tribal Law and Order Act and the Indian Civil Rights Act
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, October 2016

Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information
U.S. Department of Justice, September 2016

A Roadmap For Making Native America Safer: Report To The President And Congress Of The United States
Indian Law and Order Commission, May 2015

Tribe and Territory Sex Offender Registry System Fact Sheet
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, March 2015

See the Publications page for more.

Related Resources

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
BIA is responsible for the administration and management of 52.7 million acres of land held in trust by the United States for American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): Indian Country Justice Statistics
The Indian Country Justice Statistics page provides access to BJS and other data related to tribal justice matters.

CrimeSolutions
The National Institute of Justice's CrimeSolutions website is meant to help practitioners and policymakers understand what works in justice-related programs and practices. Included on CrimeSolutions is program and other information related to various topics, including crime and safety in tribal areas.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ): Tribal Crime and Justice
This section of the NIJ website provides information on tribal law enforcement, crime prevention, and violence and victimization. Information about tribal law and social and legal issues is also presented.

Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)
The responsibilities of the SMART Office include providing jurisdictions with guidance regarding the implementation of the Adam Walsh Act and providing technical assistance to the states, territories, tribes, local governments, and to public and private organizations. The SMART Office also tracks important legislative and legal developments related to sex offenders and administers grant programs related to the registration, notification, and management of sex offenders.

Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP)
The Department of Justice launched TAP in August 2015 to provide tribes access to national crime information systems for both civil and criminal purposes. TAP allows tribes to more effectively serve and protect their nation's citizens by ensuring the exchange of critical data across the Criminal Justice Information Services systems and other national crime information systems.

Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) Implementation
Part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this office coordinates efforts across federal agencies responsible for addressing alcohol and substance abuse issues.

U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ)
OTJ is the primary point of contact for the Department of Justice’s government to government relationship with Indian tribes and also serves as a source of Indian law expertise for the Department.

U.S. Department of Justice: Tribal Justice and Safety
The Department of Justice’s Tribal Justice and Safety website serves as a one-stop shop for tribal communities, developed to provide a user-friendly, updated and comprehensive resource for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities to help further improve public safety.

Grant Programs

Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)
Administered by the Office of Justice Programs, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Office on Violence Against Women, CTAS funds enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in nine purpose areas including public safety and community policing; justice systems planning; alcohol and substance abuse; corrections and correctional alternatives; violence against women; juvenile justice; and tribal youth programs.

Department of Justice (DOJ) Program Plan
The DOJ Program Plan is a tool to help applicants and grantees find funding opportunities that address their criminal, juvenile, and civil justice needs.

Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
OJP provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of crime fighting strategies. Contained on the OJP Funding Resource Center site is information about open solicitations, resources for applicants and grantees, grant procedures and requirements, links to State Administering Agencies, and additional grant-related resources.

Training & Technical Assistance

Tribal Justice and Safety: Training and Technical Assistance
The Department of Justice provides training and technical assistance to further practical and specialized knowledge to implement and enhance justice system efforts in tribal and other areas.