Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services
In an effort to ensure that justice in tribal forums is administered fairly and with the utmost integrity, the
Tribal Justice Support (TJS) Directorate is statutorily mandated to conduct tribal court assessments (25 U.S.C. 3612). The Tribal court assessment is intended to assist in defining specific technical assistance and training needs of Tribal courts.
Tribal Court Assessments: Essential Resources
The purpose of this follow-up report, also known as the Update Report, is to provide tribal leaders with a comprehensive update on activities undertaken in the past year to respond to their recommendations at the 2020 consultation session, including DOJ’s coordination and collaboration with tribes, HHS, and DOI to address these recommendations. This report includes three sections: 1) information on actions taken in response to certain specific recommendations made at the 2020 and prior consultations; 2) a review of progress made on implementation of tribal provisions included in VAWA, as amended; and 3) an update on other DOJ activities related to combating violence against AI/AN women. It also includes an appendix (Appendix A) with updates from HHS’s Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) Program (and Indian Health Service (IHS), an appendix with a table of recommendations from the 2020 consultation and brief responses (Appendix B), and two appendices with information on OVW’s tribal grant funding.
The RurAL CAP Foundation Application deadline of August 31 is quickly approaching.
Managed by Rural Energy Enterprises, Inc., the RurAL CAP Foundation funds a limited number of small grants for educational and charitable purposes that support low-income individuals and rural communities. Grants are made in the amount of $500 to $5,000.
FY 2021: The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is pleased to announce a deadline extension to apply for funding under the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP).
The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) was developed as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) legislation.
COSSAP aims to reduce the impact of opioids, stimulants, and other substances on individuals and communities, including a reduction in the number of overdose fatalities, as well as mitigate the impacts on crime victims by supporting comprehensive, collaborative initiatives. This opportunity provides assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by the opioid epidemic.
Standing Announcement for Family Violence Prevention and Services/Domestic Violence Shelter and Supportive Services/Grants to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations.
Executive Summary: This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) governs the proposed award of mandatory formula grants under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) to Native American tribes (including Alaska Native villages) and tribal organizations. The purposes of these grants are to assist tribes with the following efforts: 1) to increase public awareness about primary and secondary prevention of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence; and 2) to provide immediate shelter and supportive services for victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence and their dependents (42 U.S.C. 10401(b)(1)-(2)).
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is the largest investment of resources into Indian Country and tribal communities in U.S. history.
The American Rescue Plan (Public Law 117-2) was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, invests $1.75 billion in American Indian and Alaska Native government programs administered under the oversight of the Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs (AS-IA).
The American Rescue Plan makes changes to laws and provides emergency supplemental funding to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
ANA project funding is available in short-term development terms of 12, 24, or 36, depending on the specific FOA. All ANA community projects must be completed by the end of the project period or supported by alternative funds. Training and technical assistance is available to applicants for project and proposal development and to grantees for project implementation and reporting.
Interested in applying for ANA funding? Check out the following funding announcements and get started with your application process:
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is charged with the perpetual management and safeguarding of Trust assets for the benefit of current and future generations of beneficiaries. The Trust’s cash assets are invested and managed by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation and the Department of Revenue Treasury Division, both of which invest the Trust’s money in a high-quality mix of stocks, bonds and other investments to generate income. The Trust Land Office is responsible for managing non-cash assets, which include approximately one million acres of land and a portfolio of high-quality properties in Alaska, Washington, Utah and Texas. Revenue-generating uses of Trust land include land leasing and sales; commercial timber sales; mineral exploration and production; coal, oil and gas exploration and development; and sand, gravel and rock sales.
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.