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Tribal Youth Publications 


TLPI is pleased to offer the following publications addressing law and policy issues on juvenile justice issues in Indian country.    

The Tribal Legal Code Resource: Guide for Drafting or Revising Tribal Juvenile Delinquency and Status Offense Laws (2022 Update) is designed to assist tribal governments with creating, re-evaluating, and strengthening their juvenile codes. This resource was written and updated with the belief that tribal governments are increasingly reassuming responsibility for their youth and are determined to ensure Native youth benefit from responsible guidance. Overall, it was developed to provide a starting point for tribal governments to reference when drafting or revising statutory language pertaining to juvenile offenses. (2022)

TLPI's Tribal Youth Resource Center is proud to announce the release of a new publication- Supporting Tribal Youth Attendance Achievement. The publication serves as a primer to assist with understanding issues of chronic absenteeism, truancy, prevention, and intervention processes. It addresses historic education policy and contemporary approaches utilized by Tribal communities to prevent and address truancy among Tribal youth and highlights helpful community-based approaches to support delinquency prevention program development. This publication will direct readers to existing resources and information that may support new or developing truancy prevention programs. In addition to content regarding the issues of student absenteeism and truancy, the publication includes strategic planning activities to support team-based program development, prevention program strategies to support American Indian and Alaska Native Youth, and helpful resources to support program partnership and community collaboration.   (2022)

Co-Authored Publications: 

American Indian/Alaska Native Youth & Status Offense Disparities looks at the disparities faced in the state system by American Indian and Alaska Native youth who are charged with status offenses, the ability of both state and tribal systems to respond to status offenses, and federal funding. TLPI drafted this brief in partnership with the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. (2015)

The Attorney General’s Advisory Committee report details the fifty-six policy recommendations of the Attorney General’s Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence. The report provides their vision of the development of effective, culturally appropriate programs to protect AI/AN children. TLPI served as the technical assistance provider. (2014)

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