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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Mary Kathryn Nagel and a special panel joins us on this webinar to discuss her important plays that bring a human and creative lens to policy issues in Indian country, including the Violence Against Women Act Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction.

10 am AKT / 11 am PT / 12 pm MT / 1 pm CT / 2 pm ET

Commemorating the first 25 Years of

Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI):

Celebrating our Journey; Honoring our Relatives;
Building a Vision for the Future

November 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of establishment of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI). TLPI was officially incorporated on November 4, 1996 with an initial three member Board of Directors (Abby Abinanti, Margrett Kelley, and Pat Sekaquaptewa) and one paid staff member (Jerry Gardner). All three initial board members are still on the TLPI Board of Directors and Jerry Gardner has been TLPI Executive Director throughout TLPI’s 25-year history. TLPI began with a series of small consulting contracts with Indian Tribes (including Grand Traverse Band and Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo) and with the National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association. TLPI’s first direct federal funding was a 1998 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Courts Program Office, to provide training and technical assistance to Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts.

Since then, TLPI has grown to 35 employees, conducted over 500 onsite technical assistance visits, worked with 100s of tribes, established a series of resource websites (beginning with the Tribal Court Clearinghouse in 1998), conducted 9 national Indian Nations Conferences starting in 2002, trained 1,000s of Indian country service providers, and produced numerous resources to improve safety, justice and healing in Indian country.

To commemorate the past 25 years, TLPI board and staff have chosen to shine a light on some of the incredible work being done in Indian country.  We are centering our work around the theme: Celebrating our Journey; Honoring our Relatives; and Building a Vision for the Future.

Help Honor Our Relatives

The board and staff of TLPI will celebrate this 25th anniversary by being a good relative to our sister organizations and those focusing their efforts on core issues central to TLPI’s mission:  the safety and wellbeing of Native women, children, and LGBTQ relatives, and the uplifting and preserving culture. The board and staff have identified 5 tribal organizations doing incredible work in Indian country that we would like to highlight. In honor of TLPI’s 25th anniversary, we hope that you will consider giving generously to one or more of these important organizations:


Emmonak Women's Shelter

Emmonak Women’s Shelter (EWS), a nonprofit organization in the Yup’ik Eskimo village of EmmonakEWS faces unique challenges in providing comprehensive services to victims of violence. 


Pine Ridge Girls School

Their Mission: Pine Ridge Girls’ School radically changes the trajectory of Lakota girls’ lives by equipping them with vital foundations for new and promising futures full of choice and opportunity.


National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

Their Mission: To lead in the pursuit of understanding and addressing the ongoing trauma created by the U.S. Indian Boarding School policy.


The Gabrielino Tongva Springs Foundation

The Foundation is a community organization dedicated to preserving the grounds the heritage site and educating the public about the history as well as preserving the natural and cultural resources of the area.

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Pojoaque Healing to Wellness Court

The Path to Wellness Court brings together community members, service provides, tribal court, probation and law enforcement to supervise, treat, educate and heal individuals and families struggling with substance abuse.


Join for a Celebratory Webinar Series

(Each webinar focuses on one part of the three-part 25th anniversary theme)

Learn More about the TLPI Board and Staff

Starting in September, TLPI will highlight board and staff each week on our social media outlets. Please visit the TLPI Facebook Page to learn more about our incredible Board and Staff.