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American Indian & Alaska Native Affairs

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Justice Programs Council on Native American Affairs (JPCNAA)

The Justice Programs Council on Native American Affairs is the senior-level policy body chartered in 2005 by OJP's Assistant Attorney General to enhance coordination across OJP and to develop consistent tribal justice and safety policy and strategies. The Assistant Attorney General chairs the council and the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General serves as the Vice-Chair. Council membership includes all senior-level OJP officials, who designate tribal liaisons from their respective bureaus and offices. The council meets semi-annually to address opportunities, programs and issues of concern to native communities, and to coordinate outreach and consultation on justice and safety issues affecting American Indian and Alaska Native programs nationwide. The JPCNAA also serves as an advisory body to other Department of Justice agencies, bureaus and offices.

The council meets semi-annually. The council helps to identify opportunities, programs, and address issues of concern to Indian Tribes and Native communities, coordinates, outreach and consultation on justice and safety issues affecting the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native American justice programs nationwide. The JPCNAA also serves as a liaison advisory body to other Department of Justice agencies, bureaus and offices that desire to participate on the council.

Tribal Justice and Safety Website

OJP Members

Bureau of Justice Assistance
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Equal Employment Opportunity Office
National Institute of Justice
Office of Administration
Office of Audit and Assessment Management
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Office of Communications
Office of the Chief Information officer
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Office of the General Counsel
Office for Victims of Crime
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking

Other DOJ Members

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Community Relations Services
Executive Office of United States Attorneys
Federal Bureau of Investigation – Indian Country Unit
Office of Civil Rights
Office of Tribal Justice
Office on Violence Against Women

Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)

The Department of Justice created the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation in response to Tribal leaders’ requests to improve the grant-making process and to strengthen tribal capacity for strategic community-based justice system planning. Through CTAS, federally-recognized tribes and tribal consortia are able to submit a single application for most of the Justice Department’s tribal grant programs. To learn more, visit https://www.justice.gov/tribal/grants.

OJP Member Tribal Websites

BJA - Bureau of Justice Assistance
BJS - Bureau of Justice Statistics
NIJ - National Institute of Justice
OJJDP - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
OVC - Office for Victims of Crime
SMART - Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking

Other DOJ Members Tribal Websites

Civil Rights - Office of Civil Rights
COPS - Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
CRS - Community Relations Services
ENRD - Environmental & Natural Resources Division
FBI - Indian Country Unit
OTJ - Office of Tribal Justice
OVW - Office on Violence Against Women

Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information

The U.S. Department of Justice launched the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP) in August 2015 and has expanded yearly to provide Tribes access to national crime information systems for federally authorized criminal and non-criminal purposes.

The Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives

On November 26, 2019, President Trump signed Executive Order 13898, forming the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.  The Task Force, designated Operation Lady Justice, aims to enhance the operation of the criminal justice system and address the legitimate concerns of American Indian and Alaska Native communities regarding missing and murdered people – particularly missing and murdered women and girls.

Resources

JPCNAA Workgroups

JPCNAA Tribal Public Relations, Consultation, Education and Outreach Workgroup
Purpose: Ensure a coordinated approach for all tribal press and related public relations activities; educate tribes about OJP and other DOJ components; develop internal communications strategies; and maintain the Tribal Justice and Safety Website.

JPCNAA Research, Data Collection and Information Sharing Workgroup
Purpose: Improve the coordination among OJP and other DOJ components working on Indian country issues to improve the quality, accessibility, and completeness of tribal justice statistics, research, evaluation, information technology and information sharing.

JPCNAA Youth Initiatives Coordinating Workgroup
Purpose: Improve coordination and information sharing between OJP and other DOJ components on Department initiatives and programs for youth, such as Tribal Youth program, Drug Endangered Children, AMBER Alert, Defending Childhood and others.

JPCNAA Tribal Grants Policy/Training & Technical Assistance Workgroup
Purpose: Develop an OJP tribal grants policy; coordinate OJP training and technical assistance providers serving Indian country; and develop and implement a training & technical assistance process which can serve as a model for other DOJ components.

JPCNAA Federal Employee/Workforce Native Education & Training Workgroup
Purpose: Support the Indian Affairs Executive Working Group's online training program designed for federal workforce education and training about American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments; and provide recommendations to tailor the same training programs to DOJ objectives.