Tribal-State Court Collaboration Publications 

 

TLPI is pleased to offer the following publications addressing law and policy issues closely related to Tribal-State court collaborations. Be sure to check out our Walking on Common Ground project for more information on Tribal-State court collaborations.  

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Tribal Protection Orders Meeting Report.

This Crossing the Bridge publication is one of the biggest barriers to successful tribal-state collaboration is taking the first steps toward relationship building.  The historical animosities between tribes and local counties/surrounding states can run deep. Strained relations going back many generations and contentious issues such as land, public safety, etc. can make for what may seem like insurmountable problems.  This can leave those who see collaboration as a possible solution with little hope. This publication gives practical steps toward initiating discussions across jurisdictions.  This publication provides details on “crossing the bridge” to meet jurisdictional peers and begin the relationship building necessary for collaborative endeavors that work toward common goals. (2019)

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)

This directory includes a detailed listing of the 10 currently operational Tribal -State Court forums around the nation. These forums provide unique collaboration opportunities across jurisdictions and have led to such positive outcomes as:  agreements on the transfer of jurisdiction, Indian Child Welfare Act education, tribal court directories, legislation on the enforcement of tribal court orders, judicial relationship building, and many more. Information on each forum includes: membership; funding; structure; organization; key accomplishments and authorizing documentation. (2016)

This National Convening Report recaps the TLPI National Convening of Tribal and State Court Forums on June 2–3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The impetus for this meeting was a tribal-state collaboration working-group meeting convened by TLPI and held in 2012, wherein the tribal-state courts forums expressed a strong interest in an in-person meeting to engage in peer-to-peer training and networking. This report provides an overview of the meeting, specifically comments on the focus of TA and the needs of forums. (2017)

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 Working Group Report  is the result of a Tribal Law and Policy Institute working group session in December of 2012 to discuss tribal-state court collaborations and the successes and challenges that these partnerships currently face. TLPI drafted a report to the Bureau of Justice Assistance with findings and recommendations. The recommendations extend beyond simply the T/TA needed and provide insights into strategies that could be utilized by governments, agencies, and organizations to support tribal and state court collaborations and the resolutions of challenges faced. (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)

Co-Authored Publications: 

The Policy Brief focuses on Tribal-State Court Forums and includes a chart that provides an overview of key features of forums, such as membership attributes, information about authorizing documents and key accomplishments. (This publication was authored by TLPI for the National Criminal Justice Association.) (2016)

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)

 

Improving the Relationship between Indian Nations, the Federal Government, and State Governments provides background and tips for the development and implementation of cooperative agreements between Indian nations, the federal government, and state governments. The publication overviews the unique sovereign status of Indian nations, examines contemporary problems between sovereigns, provides examples of current efforts towards collaboration, and concludes with practical tips. (2000)