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Tribal Crime Data Collection Activities
Bureau of Justice Statistics, Annual

Quick Facts: Native American Offenders
U.S. Sentencing Commission, April 2020

U.S. Department of Justice Indian Country Investigations and Prosecutions 2018
U.S. Department of Justice, January 2020

Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: Case Management
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, May 2018

Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: Treatment Guidelines (2nd Edition)
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, November 2017

Indian Child Welfare Act Judicial Benchbook
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, October 2017

Human Trafficking: Investigations in Indian Country or Involving Native Americans and Actions Needed to Better Report on Victims Served
U.S. Government Accountability Office, September 2017

Tribal Legal Code Resource: Civil Dependency and Related Laws - Guide for Drafting or Revising Tribal Civil Dependency and Related Laws
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, April 2017

Joint Jurisdiction Courts: A Manual for Developing Tribal, Local, State & Federal Justice Collaborations
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, May 2016

Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: The Judicial Bench Book
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, May 2016

Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: The Policies and Procedures Guide
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, November 2015

Tribal Law and Order Act: Enhanced Sentencing Authority—Tribal Code Development Considerations Quick-Reference Overview & Checklist
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, July 2015

Tribal Legal Code Resource: Domestic Violence Laws
Bureau of Justice Assistance - and Office on Violence Against Women-Sponsored, February 2015

Enhanced Sentencing in Tribal Courts: Lessons Learned From Tribes
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, January 2015

See the Publications page for more.

Related Resources

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.

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 Access to Justice Innovation
Funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Tribal Access to Justice Innovation site is designed to help tribal justice practitioners learn about emerging and promising justice-related programs in Indian Country, including those that focus on specialized court projects.

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.

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 (DOJ) provides training and technical assistance to further practical and specialized knowledge to implement and enhance justice system efforts in tribal and other areas. This page provides information about opportunities covering a variety of topics and presents access to DOJ training and technical assistance providers.