Category Archives: Author: Victoria Sweet

Alaska Tribal Court Selected for Dependency Court Project

The Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Child Dependency Court under the leadership of Judge Debra O’Gara been selected by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) as one of six new courts to … Continue reading

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Congressional Resolution Aimed at Creating Awareness on Missing and Murdered American Indian and Alaska Native Women

Press release available press-release-hill-briefing-2_16_17 From the press release: “Indigenous women go missing twice—once in real life and a second time in the news” said Amanda Takes War Bonnet, Public Education Specialist of the Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains.  … Continue reading

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NCJFCJ Opening for Site Manager with Tribal Experience, Open Until Feb. 20

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has posted an opening for a site manager with substantial experience working with tribes and tribal courts. Applications will be accepted until February 20. For the complete job description click here … Continue reading

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New: ICWA Guide for Tribal Governments and Leaders

New from the Capacity Building Center for Tribes: ICWA Guide for Tribal Governments and Leaders. Available here, pdf here. Our Children, Our Sovereignty, Our Culture, Our Choice A word from the authors: Our tribes are threatened by the removal of … Continue reading

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Ysleta del Sur Chief Judge Lawrence Lujan Appointed Commissioner to Texas Supreme Court’s Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families

From the National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) Facebook Page: NAICJA Vice President Appointed Commissioner to the Texas Supreme Court’s Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families Our Tribal Courts not only serve our sovereign communities but also … Continue reading

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Indian Law Resource Center Accepting Applications for 2017 Fellowships

From the announcement: The Indian Law Resource Center is a non-profit legal advocacy organization that provides legal advice, assistance, and representation to Indian tribes and indigenous communities throughout the Americas. We are also committed to developing new attorneys in the … Continue reading

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DOJ is Expanding the TAP Program

The Department of Justice is expanding the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information which provides federally-recognized tribes access to national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes.  Tribes interested in participating in TAP must submit a … Continue reading

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National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center is Hiring for New Native Helpline

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) in partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH), is excited to announce that the StrongHearts Native Helpline, to be staffed by Native advocates, is scheduled to launch on January 4, 2017. The goal of the … Continue reading

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Judge Richard Blake Honored as Justice Innovator of the Year

Judge Richard Blake, Chief Judge of Hoopa Valley Tribal Court and Board of Directors President of the National American Indian Court Judges Association, was honored at the NCJFCJ Annual Conference as Justice Innovator of the Year. The Innovator of the … Continue reading

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Judge Ron Whitener and Kate Fort Presentations at NCJFCJ Annual Conference

Judge Ron Whitener, Chief Judge of the Tulalip Tribal Court, was the first ever Native plenary speaker at NCJFCJ’s Annual Conference. He gave a presentation entitled “How State and Tribal Court Judges Can Work Together to Improve Outcomes.” Judge Whitener’s … Continue reading

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