Alaska Tribal Justice Resource Center

Providing Training and Technical Assistance to Alaska Tribal Justice Systems

Presentations

Presenters: Day 1

Christina Lee

Christina Lee lives in Juneau AK and is a mother of 2. She is the Operations Manager for Tlingit & Haida Reentry & Recovery where she is responsible for managing the coordination and development of the Tribe’s three non-congregate shelters, which provide sober and supportive housing to people released from incarceration or returning from treatment.

Tlingit & Haida has two non-congregate shelters that can house up to 27 men. The women’s shelter, Haven House, is currently under reconstruction after it was destroyed by flooding and demolished in 2021. Construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2024. Haven House will have nine beds for women.

The Reentry & Recovery Department works closely with the Tribal Court and other partners to ensure cohesion in program development and restorative justice practices.

Christina holds a Chemical Dependency Counselor I (CDCI) certification from Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (ACBHC) and is working toward her CDC II. Her passion is giving back to her community and helping those who need it.

Kimberly Martus

Kimberly has lived and worked in rural and urban Alaska since 1977. She earned a juris doctorate (J.D) degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1993 and a B.A degree in Native American Studies from The Evergreen State College in 1985. She is a mother to two grown sons and a grandmother of four. Kimberly has a longstanding commitment and passion for tribal justice and has actively provided tribal court assessments, training, planning, code-writing and other technical services to Alaska Tribes since 1995. She is a certified Tribal Healing to Wellness Court trainer and has other specialized experience representing indigenous children, troubled youth and Tribes in both state and tribal courts. Kimberly has served as a tribal court judge and as an associate justice. She is an experienced restorative justice practitioner, mediator and Peacemaker and serves on the Alaska Supreme Court Access to Justice Committee and Tribal/Rural Justice Subcommittee. She has worked as a prisoner reentry program manager, tribal court administrator and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska teaching federal Indian law and justice studies. She currently serves as the Founder / Manager of the Alaska Tribal Justice Resource Center at RurAL CAP supporting Tribal Nation-Building and development and enhancement of tribal justice systems in Alaska. Kimberly is the founder of Alaska Tribal Justice Resource Center, with a passion for tribal justice. Since 1977, she has lived and worked in rural and urban Alaska. She has earned a J.D degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law and a B.A degree in Native American Studies from The Evergreen State College. Kimberly has provided technical services to Alaska Tribes since 1995, such as tribal court assessments, training, planning, and code-writing. She is a certified Tribal Healing to Wellness Court trainer and has specialized experience representing indigenous children, troubled youth, and Tribes in both state and tribal courts. Kimberly has also served as a tribal court judge and an associate justice. She also currently serves as the Manager of the Alaska Tribal Justice Resource Center at RurAL CAP, supporting Tribal Nation-Building, development, and enhancement of tribal justice systems in Alaska.

Kuuipo Miramontes

My name is Ku’uipo Miramontes and I am the Restorative Justice Program Manager at CITC. I have been with CITC since October 4, 2021 and worked closely with participants that have been recently released from incarceration.

Since I have been with the organization, I have graduated 38 participants from the Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) Program, who today are currently still out of incarceration. Some of them went to work within the community to become Peer Support Specialist and a few have enrolled in the RADACT program to become Substance Abuse Counselors.

Occasionally, every now and then I would have a few of them stop by and join the group as mentors to assist and share their experiences with the new set of participants that have enrolled. 

I work alongside with Adult Probation, Therapuetic Courts, Wellness Courts, Public Defenders and Transitional Living Facilities and Partners for Progress.

My staff and I assist our participants with care, concern and understanding of any or all traumatic events that they have encountered in their life. We provide a safe and confidential environment to allow them to open up and express themselves so that we are able to assess the needs and services that they are inquiring about .

Lisa Lang (Ka'illjuus)

Ka’illjuus is from and lives in Hydaburg, Alaska.  She graduated from Sitka High School, attended Haskell Indian Jr. College, received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Emporia, Kansas, majoring in Political Science and minor in Business.  She graduated with her Juris Doctorate from University of New Mexico School of Law, in 2002, and recently graduated from Simon Framser University, Vancouver, B.C. with a Masters in First Nations Linguistics.  She is the executive director for the XKKF and serving her term as Chief Justice for the Supreme Court of Tlingit and Haida Tribal Courts.  Tlingit and Haida Supreme Court promotes Peacemaking and implementing core cultural values into our practices. She is a recently elected director of Sealaska and ending her term as a Haida Corporation director.  She is a grandmother to Arion, Julio, Seneca, Kahrim and Gianna-Jaadaagups.  She is the mother to Verlaine Ravana and Ty Edenshaw. 

Robert Dorton

Bobby Dorton, CDC-I, TPSP-III, serves as the Reentry Program Manager at Tanana Chiefs Conference for the past two years. As a father of three and grandfather of one, he hails from Northway, an Athabascan village in the Upper Tanana Region, Alaska. Dorton, empathetic and passionate about advocacy, brings lived experience with prisons and substance misuse to his work. Formerly an addiction counselor at the Ralph Perdue Center, he enjoys subsistence and rural Alaska living during his free time. Dorton actively engages in various boards, including the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health, where he serves as a commissioner, and the Fairbanks Reentry Coalition, where he’s the community co-chair. A supporter of peer certification, he emphasizes the importance of recovery steps. Dorton’s journey shifted from trying to beat the odds at the start of his recovery to now collaborating with others to change those odds.

Presenters: Day 2

Ellen Sovalik

Native Village of Barrow Tribal Court as Associate Judge 1999 -2014
 (with a 7 year break) 
returning 2021- to Present as a Chief Judge  

work background with North Slope Borough Health Department from 1989-2021 in various positions including  3 year term as the Director of Health Department.

Arctic Slope Native Association
Behavioral Health Department 2012-2016 

Other interest:   
UAF Rural Human Service council seat 
2014 -2021 

State of Alaska Children’s Justice Act Task Force member 2015-2021

Ellen is a widow who has been blessed with having four children with one son who has since passed – she enjoys time spent with any of her ten grandchildren; age ranging from 13 year old to 4 months old.

Born and raised in Barrow Alaska now known as Utqiagvik, and now residing in North Pole.

 

Evelyn Dolchok

Hon. Evelyn Dolchok, Chief Judge, Kenaitze Indian Tribe

Honorable Evelyn Dolchok is a citizen of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and lifelong Alaskan and Kenai resident. She is the daughter of Emil and Margaret Dolchok. She was appointed to a judgeship position by the Kenaitze Tribal Council in 2013 followed by her appointment to Chief Tribal Judge in September of 2019. Judge Dolchok is steadily completing courses for her Tribal Judicial Skills Certificate from the National Judicial College and continues to attend classes that further develop her skillset as a judge. She is active in conferences held by All Rise, NAICJA, NICWA, and more.

Judge Dolchok is the presiding Tribal Judge for the Henu Community Wellness Court, which is one of the few joint jurisdictional courts in the United States. Weekly hearings are dually conducted with a State of Alaska Superior Court Judge at the Qiz’unch’ Tribal Court. “Qiz’unch’” is the Dena’ina word translating to “the right way, the truth.” Henu is the Dena’ina word for “hard work,” which describes the effort and dedication each participant puts into their recovery throughout this 18-24 month program. Witnessing the transformation take place in each participant is one of her greatest joys of being a judge.  

Ingrid Cumberlidge

Ingrid (Cumberlidge) Goodyear is the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) Coordinator at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska, having been appointed in July 2020. She is one of five MMIP Coordinators serving in U.S. Attorney’s Offices nationwide to address the missing and murdered Native American issue through collaboration and building response capacity.

Of both Aleut and Tlingit decent, Ms. Goodyear is an educator, tribal court judge and tribal court trainer. Specifically, she served the Qagan Tayagungin Tribe as a Tribal Judge and Chief Judge for 22 years and a teacher and then principal of Sand Point School for 23 years. Ms. Goodyear also served as a member of the Tribal Advisory Council for the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada, Reno. She was a tribal appointed delegate on the Millennium Agreement team between the federally recognized Tribes of Alaska and the State of Alaska.

John Skidmore

John Skidmore is a 21-year prosecutor who currently serves as the Deputy Attorney General for the Criminal Division.  Prior to that, he served as the Director for the Criminal Division for 8 years.

John joined the Department Law in 1997 starting at the Kenai District Attorney’s Office where he tried a DV A4 with a recanting victim his fourth day on the job.  Over the next seventeen years he prosecuted misdemeanor and felony cases all across the state including a husband for sexually assaulting his wife, former APD officer for sexually abusing the officer’s daughter 10 years prior, waiving a juvenile into adult court and convicting him for murder and sexual assault, a man for setting his wife on fire, and a court clerk for stealing bail money from the court system.  John has conducted trials and court hearings all across the state, including Anchorage, Kenai, Palmer, Bethel, St. Mary’s, Dillingham, Naknek, Togiak, Juneau, Fairbanks, and Homer.  John served in the Bethel DAO, the Dillingham DAO, and the Anchorage DAO.  At the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office, John served as a misdemeanor unit trial attorney, property unit trial attorney, property unit supervisor, violent crimes unit trial attorney, and violent crimes unit supervisor.  He served as the head of the Office of Special Prosecutions before being named the Director of the Criminal Division.

As the Director, he oversaw the 13 District Attorney Offices across the state, the Office of Special Prosecutions, and the Office of Criminal Appeals.  In addition to leading the Criminal Division, he currently advises the governor and legislature on legislation related to the criminal justice system, serves on the Council for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA), the board for Alaska High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HITDA), the board for the Western States Information Network (WSIN), the board for Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC), and the Alaska Criminal Justice Information Advisory Board (CJIAB).

Abby Abinanti

Abby Abinanti, Yurok Chief Judge is an enrolled Yurok Tribal member, she holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and was the first California tribal woman to be admitted to the State Bar of California. She was a State Judicial Officer (Commissioner) for the San Francisco Superior Court for over 17 years assigned to the Unified Family Court (Family/Dependency/Delinquency). She retired from the Superior Court in September 2011 and on July 31, 2014 was reappointed as a part-time Commissioner for San Francisco assigned to Dependency, and Duty Judge for that Court where she served until 2015. She has been a Yurok Tribal Court Judge since 1997 and was appointed Chief Tribal Court Judge in 2007, a position she held in conjunction with her Superior Court assignment until 2015.

Ann Gilmour

Ann Gilmour is an attorney with the Judicial Council of California, Center for Families, Children and the Courts, working in the Tribal/State Programs Unit. In this role, Ms. Gilmour serves as lead staff to the California Tribal Court–State Court Forum working to improve the relationship between state and tribal courts. Ms. Gilmour has over twenty-five years experience in the field of Indian law practicing first in British Columbia where she did aboriginal rights and title litigation.  Since moving to California in 1999 she has continued to work in the field of Indian law, focusing primarily on the Indian Child Welfare Act and tribal-state relations.

Donna Anthony

Donna Anthony is the Chief of Police for the Chickaloon Tribal Police Department and has over 20 years of law enforcement and security experience that includes being a sworn Police Officer with the Palmer Police Department in Alaska, and a Deputy Sheriff in Ohio. During her time with Palmer, she was a Field Training Officer (FTO) and an investigator assigned to the Alaska State Trooper Statewide Drug Task Force Unit in an undercover capacity. She served as a case officer in several State and Federal cases. She has also worked throughout Alaska with many law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Marshals, DEA, ATF, and FBI.

Donna is currently on the board for the Woman Police of Alaska, the Alaska Police and Fire Chaplains, and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), the FBI CJIS Tribal Task Force and a member of the Alaska Police Chief’s Association.

Donna has received numerous awards for her work including the National Association of School Resource Officers Award (NASRO), Sherriff’s Commendations, Hero’s Award, Palmer Chamber of Commerce, Alaska State Troopers (AST) Award for Commendation for Honorable Service, DEA Award of Appreciation, AST Mat-Su Drug Unit Task Force Award for Dedication, Governors Award form Governor Sean Purnell and the Enrique “Kiki” Camarena (In memory of DEA Agent) Award presented by the Palmer Elks lodge, as well as a lifesaving award for valor.

Hon. Kimberley Sweet

Kimberley Sweet was appointed the Chief Judge by the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Executive Council in May of 2012, after serving nearly a decade as a Tribal Court Judge.  As Chief Tribal Court Judge, she was instrumental in the development of the Tribe’s Henu Community Healing to Wellness Court, the first joint tribal-state court of its kind in Alaska and established a juvenile healing to wellness court as well. Judge Sweet has also served on The Court Improvement Committee for the State of Alaska, The Tribal Circle Advisory Board, The Tribal Coordinating Council (CDVSA), The Tribal State Collaboration Group, The Robert F. Kennedy Dual Status Youth Initiative Resources and Practices Subcommittee and was a previous board member of the National American Indian Court Judges Association.  Judge Sweet successfully established and launched the first Tribal Court CASA program in Alaska and has been a licensed foster parent for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and the State of Alaska welcoming seven children into her home over the course of ten years. Judge Sweet’s commitment to serving the needs of the Tribe’s most vulnerable children resulted in nearly 100% of foster care placements occurring with a member of the child’s family or with a tribal member.  She was appointed as a magistrate in Kenai in the fall of 2018.  She helped establish the Family Healing Circle and is the current circle keeper.  She was honored to receive the Nora Quinn Award in 2019 and the Jay Rabinowitz Award in 2021.

Alaska Tribal Justice Resource Center

Training & Technical Assistance Support

731 East 8th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501

This is a RurAL CAP affiliated program.

Dena’inaq ełnen’aq’ gheshtnu ch’q’u yeshdu: I live and work on the land of the Dena’ina people


This project was supported by Grant No. 2019-IC-BX-K004 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. 

The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes:  The Bureau of Justice Statistics, The National Institute of Justice, The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, The Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. 

Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.