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A Native American operated non-profit:
Dedicated to providing free publication resources, comprehensive training, and technical assistance for Native nations and tribal justice systems in pursuit of our vision to empower Native communities to create and control their own institutions for the benefit of all community members, now, and for future generations.

Tribal Law and Policy Institute's New Resources:

TLPI MMIP Statement - 2024

TLPI MMIP Statement - 2024

For this May 5th, National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) writes to express our deepest condolences to the families of all those who continue to be impacted by the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP) epidemic.

TWHC - Judicial Leadership

TWHC - Judicial Leadership

Using traditional storytelling as a guide, Tribal Judicial Leadership in Healing to Wellness Courts looks at leadership from a Tribal perspective. Tribal Healing to Wellness team leaders and Tribal judges are faced with numerous responsibilities. Tribal judges are expected to actively participate with team members, participants, and ensure the sustainability of the Tribal Healing to Wellness Court within the Judicial Branch. This publication looks to traditional stories to provide a guide...

THWC - Serving LGBTQ2S+ Participants in THWC

THWC - Serving LGBTQ2S+ Participants in THWC

Serving LGBTQ2S+ Participants in Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: An Annotated Resource Guide will provide available resources to Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts (THWCs) serving Native LGBTQ2S+ participants in an effort to bridge information gaps, increase access to treatment services, and decrease high rates of incarceration within tribal communities. Indigenous people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, and other identities of gender and sexuality are severely..

THWC - Mentor Courts

THWC - Mentor Courts

Promising Strategies for Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: Peer to Peer Learning through Mentor Courts describes The Tribal Law and Policy Institute’s Mentor Court Program, which was conceived to address a critical gap in the provision of Tribal specific technical assistance. While Federal and State mentor court programs offer valuable insights, they often lack focus on Tribal-specific issues such as jurisdictional complexities, limited access to resources, heightened rates of substance abuse..

Tribal Law and Policy Institute Websites:

Tribal Court Clearinghouse

The Tribal Court Clearinghouse is a comprehensive website established in June 1997 to serve as a resource for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, American Indian and Alaska Native people, tribal justice systems, victims services providers, tribal service providers, and others involved in the improvement of justice in Indian country. It is one of the most comprehensive websites on tribal justice system issues, and includes a wealth of tribal, state, and federal resources. The Clearinghouse website contains extensive resources on tribal, state, and federal law along with extensive Indian country subject-matter resources, a training events calendar, and resources from all TLPI webinars

Healing to Wellness Courts includes publications, webinars, and numerous resources concerning Tribal Healing To Wellness Courts (tribal drug courts) and restorative justice in Indian country.

Walking On Common Ground promotes and facilitates tribal-state-federal collaborations. This website includes tribal-state agreements, promising strategies, and information on all federally recognized tribes and tribal courts.

The Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Tribes provides assistance focused on the Indian Child Welfare Act, Tribal title IV-E programs, and continuous quality improvement and data systems. Be sure to visit the Center for Tribe's Tribal Child Welfare Information Exchange for the latest news and resources, including a tribal ICWA managers peer-to-peer network.

The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes (NRC4Tribes) website was developed under a grant from the Children’s Bureau. While that grant period has ended --NRC4Tribes has been replaced by the CBC4Tribes--this website is remaining live to keep the Tribal Child Welfare Resources and information the NRC4Tribes has published throughout the years easily accessible.

Strengthening Tribal Response to Violenc
Tribal Law Updates
Tribal Trafficking Resources

Tribal Law Updates provides news and announcements on current events affecting tribal justice systems. 

Tribal Sex Trafficking Resources was created for sexual assault and domestic violence tribal coalitions and contains information on sex trafficking in Indian country and a comprehensive victim services directory.

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The Tribal Youth Resource Center website was developed under a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. This website provides publications, resources and training information for Tribal youth prevention, intervention, and court-based programs.

The Enhancement Training is a tribal-
specific national training for tribal problem-solving courts. The

Enhancement Training features Wellness Court best practices and 
innovative strategies.

Tribal Protection Order

Tribal Protection Order Resources is designed to assist Native nations and those working in tribal justice systems with information on protection orders, including resources on the drafting and enforcement of tribal protection orders.  

Tribal Child Welfare Resources

VAWA 2022 Enhanced Tribal Jurisdiction

TLPI provides training and technical assistance for tribes interested in implementing the “Special Tribal Criminal Jurisdiction” provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2022. This project’s Tribal Implementation of VAWA website was developed as a resource focusing on Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Special Tribal Criminal Jurisdiction. It contains an overview of the Violence against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022: Tribal Criminal Jurisdictions over Non-Indians, categories of criminal conduct under VAWA 2022, Frequently Asked Questions, news, webinars and resources, events, funding information, and information for the Intertribal Technical-Assistance Working Group (ITWG). With funding from the Office on Violence Against Women and Bureau of Justice Assistance – TLPI has developed resources under this project: Tribal Criminal Jurisdiction over Non-Indians: Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2022; Implementing TLOA and VAWAa comprehensive VAWA resource on the Tribal Court Clearinghouse; and, which serve as an online resource on the drafting and enforcement of tribal protection orders.

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