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Promising Strategies Series


TLPI is pleased to offer the Promising Strategies Series. In Public Law (PL 280) jurisdictions, the concurrent jurisdiction of state and tribal courts has frequently resulted in tensions and misunderstandings. However, initiatives by judges' organizations within both judicial systems have produced strategies that sidestep conflict in the interests of common goals. These publications highlight some of those promising strategies. Be sure to check out our Walking on Common Ground project for more information on Tribal-State collaborations.   

On July 26, 2021, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI), in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), held the “Promising Strategies in Tribal-State-Local-Federal Intergovernmental Collaboration Virtual Meeting.” The panelists highlighted intergovernmental collaborations in child welfare, bail reform, family wellness courts and community wellness courts from Alaska, California, New York, and Maine. The meeting was well attended by invited stakeholders from various disciplines, including Tribal and State courts and law enforcement. TLPI drafted a short publication based on these and other promising intergovernmental collaborations that build resiliency and provide a new way forward in the process. This publication showcases six intergovernmental collaborations with resulting variations in reimagining justice. 

This Promising Strategies publication highlights initiatives by judicial organizations within both tribal courts and state court systems that have focused on an agenda of greater mutual understanding and cooperative action. Their areas of interactions include child welfare, cross jurisdictional enforcement of domestic violence orders of protection, and civil commitments. (2013)

This Promising Strategies publication highlights unique ways in which tribal and state jurisdictions have entered into collaborations to overcome barriers to effective justice provision in PL 280 jurisdictions. Their areas of interaction include government-to-government recognition, concurrent jurisdiction, cross-jurisdictional enforcement of domestic violence orders of protection, cross-deputization, and civil commitments. (2013)

Victim Services in Indian Country  highlights promising practices for assisting victims of violence and abuse in twelve Indian Country locations throughout the United States. Each description includes the program’s keys to success, relevant demographic data, and a contact for further information. (2004)

Tribal Protection Orders Meeting Report.

This Barriers and Solutions to Enforcing Tribal Protection Orders Meeting Report recaps how tribally issued protection orders are a crucial means of providing safety and justice in Indian country, particularly given the extremely high rates of violence against Native women. However, for protection orders to be an effective means of providing safety, cross-jurisdictional enforcement is necessary, which can be a challenge. On December 6, 2017, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, in collaboration with BJA, hosted a day-long meeting to explore the barriers and highlight promising strategies around the enforcement of tribal protection orders. This report details those discussions and summarizes the successful efforts. (2019)

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