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Welcome to the Tribal Court Clearinghouse

The Tribal Court Clearinghouse is a comprehensive website established in June 1997 to serve as a resource for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, American Indian and Alaska Native people, tribal justice systems, victims services providers, tribal service providers, and others involved in the improvement of justice in Indian country. It is one of the most comprehensive websites on tribal justice system issues, and includes a wealth of tribal, state, and federal resources. The Clearinghouse website contains extensive resources on tribal, state, and federal law along with extensive Indian country subject-matter resources, a training events calendar, and resources from all Tribal Law and Policy Institute webinars.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has announced the release of the Indian Child Welfare Act Judicial Benchbook to improve court practice for judges in handling Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) cases.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, Addressing Trauma in American Indian and Alaska Native Youth, highlights several examples of trauma-informed interventions that aim to improve behavioral health for Native youth, families, and communities. The report also includes recommendations from the literature concerning promoting traditional healing, community-based practices, and integrated behavioral health services to improve overall wellbeing for AI/AN youth.
BIA Tribal Leaders Directory Transitions into an Interactive Electronic Map - (June 13, 2016) - Acting Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts announced the availability of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Leaders Directory in Searchable Electronic Map Format. The interactive map is an updated way to navigate the twelve regions of the BIA, its regional offices and agencies, and federally recognized tribes to more effectively connect with Indian Country. The map also offers accurate contact information for tribal leaders, Office of the Assistant Secretary personnel and BIA regional office and agency personnel. The map is not an official list of the federally recognized tribes, and is intended to be used in conjunction with the official listing: Federal Register Notice of Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs. The interactive map will be updated monthly and is available for download in Excel format by Contacting the Office of Indian Services Division of Tribal Government Services.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Issues Final Regulations to Strengthen the Implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (June 8, 2016)
Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts announced final, updated measures to protect the rights of Indian children, their parents and their tribes in state child welfare proceedings. The measures will support the stability and security of Indian families and tribes by providing a more consistent interpretation of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), regardless of the child welfare worker, judge or state involved.
The final rule will become effective 180 days after its publication in the Federal Register. Within that time, the Bureau will publish revised guidelines to replace the February 24, 2015 Guidelines for State Courts and Agencies in Indian Child Custody Proceedings.


Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men - 2010 Findings From the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey examines the prevalence of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men, using a large nationally representative sample from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). More specifically, it provides estimates of sexual violence, physical violence by intimate partners, stalking, and psychological aggression by intimate partners. It also provides estimates of interracial and intraracial victimizations and briefly examines the impact of violence. Results should be used to raise awareness and understanding about violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men.


The Attorney General’s Advisory Committee Report details the fifty-six policy recommendations of the Attorney General’s Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence. The report provides their vision of the development of effective, culturally appropriate programs to protect AI/AN children. TLPI served as the technical assistance provider. The American Bar Association has adopted a Resolution in support of specific recommendations made within the report.


A Roadmap For Making Native America Safer - The Indian Law and Order Commission is pleased to transmit its final report and recommendations—A Roadmap For Making Native America Safer—as required by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, Public Law 111-211 (TLOA). These recommendations are intended to make Native American and Alaska Native nations safer and more just for all U.S. citizens and to reduce the unacceptably high rates of violent crime that have plagued Indian country for decades. This report reflects one of the most comprehensive assessments ever undertaken of criminal justice systems servicing Native American and Alaska Native communities.



Structuring Sovereignty: Constitutions of Native Nations

Structuring Sovereignty: Constitutions of Native Nations
by Melissa L. Tatum, Miriam Jorgensen, Mary E. Guss, and Sarah Deer, published by UCLA American Indian Studies Center, 2014

This book is designed to serve as a guide to communities engaged in the process of drafting a constitution and to students who are studying that process. For any nation, Indigenous or non-Indigenous, drafting and adopting a constitution is more than a legal process. It is a collective journey of self-discovery and reflection. New governing opportunities, changes in intergovernmental relations, heightened awareness of the importance of culturally legitimate governing institutions, and reforms in international law are generating a wave of constitution writing and constitutional reform among Native nations. This book draws on research, first hand experience with constitution writing and constitutional change, and numerous examples from actual governing documents to demonstrate the many ways that Indigenous nations can structure their sovereignty.

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$40.00 Paper 978-2-935626-68-1

Sharing our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence textbook

Sharing our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence is a general introduction to the social and legal issues involved in acts of violence against Native women, this book's contributors are lawyers, advocates, social workers, social scientists, writers, poets, and victims. In the U.S. Native women are more likely than women from any other group to suffer violence, from rape and battery to more subtle forms of abuse, and Sharing Our Stories of Survival explores the causes and consequences of such behavior. The stories and case-studies presented here are often painful and raw, and the statistics are overwhelmingly grim; but a countervailing theme also runs through this extremely informative volume: Many of the women who appear in these pages are survivors, often strengthened by their travails, and the violence examined here is human violence, meaning that it can be changed, if only with much effort and education. The first step is to lay out the truth for all to see, and that is the purpose accomplished by this book. To order, call 800-462-6420 or visit Alta Mira Press and use promotion code B10CTS20 to receive your 20% discount!

$38.00, Paper 978-0-7591-1125-7
$99.00, Cloth 978-0-7591-1124-0
$36.99, eBook, 978-0-7591-1364-0

Sharing our Stories of Survival Trainer’s Manual

Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies

Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies, Second Edition is the only available comprehensive introduction to tribal law. In clear and straightforward language, Justin B. Richland and Sarah Deer discuss the history and structure of tribal justice systems; the scope of criminal and civil jurisdictions; and the various means by which the integrity of tribal courts is maintained. This book is an indispensable resource for students, tribal leaders, and tribal communities interested in the complicated relationship between tribal, federal, and state law. The second edition provides significant updates on all changes in laws affecting the tribes, numerous new case studies (including studies on Alaskan tribes and family law), and a new concluding chapter. To order, call 800-462-6420 or visit Alta Mira Press and use promotion code B10CTS20 to receive your 20% discount!

$61.00, Paper 978-0-7591-1211-7
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Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure

Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure, Second Edition examines the complex subject of tribal criminal law and procedure from a tribal perspective—utilizing tribal statutory law, tribal case law, and the cultural values of Native peoples. Garrow and Deer discuss in depth the histories, structures and practices of tribal justice systems, comparisons of traditional tribal justice with Anglo-American law and jurisdictions, elements of criminal law and procedure, and alternative sentencing and traditional sanctions. New features of the second edition include new chapters on:

  • The Tribal Law and Order Act's Enhanced Sentencing Provisions 
  • The Violence Against Women Act's Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction 
  • Tribal-State Collaboration 

Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure will be an invaluable resource for legal scholars and students. To order, call 800-462-6420 or visit Alta Mira Press and use promotion code B10CTS20 to receive your 20% discount!

$55.00, Paper 978-0-7591-0718-2
$99.00, Cloth 978-0-7591-0717-5
$54.99, eBook  978-1-4422-3230-3

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