The Justice Programs Council on Native American Affairs is the senior-level policy body chartered in 2005 by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) 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 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 population 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.
- 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:
- Community Relations Services
- Environmental & Natural Resources Division
- Executive Office of United States Attorneys
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Indian Country Special Jurisdiction Unit
- Office of Civil Rights
- Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
- Office of Tribal Justice
- Office on Violence Against Women
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.