[Tribal-state-collaboration] Tribal-State Collaboration Items of Interest

Heather Valdez Singleton heather at tlpi.org
Thu Feb 6 17:06:30 CST 2014

Dear Tribal-State Collaborators,

Below are 4 items of interest. Please stay in touch with any comments or questions you would like to pose to the group.

Indian Law and Order Commission on Tribal-State Collaboration

The Indian Law and Order Commission issued their final report in November.  Chapter 4 of the Report covers tribal-state collaboration and should be of interest to all those interested in cross-jurisdictional collaboration. The chapter begins, "Stronger coordination among Federal, State, and Tribal law enforcement can make Native nations safer and close the public safety gap with similarly situated communities. Enhanced coordination is also a proven way to combat off-reservation crime. The Federal government cannot and should not force Tribal and State leaders to work together. Local priorities and concerns ought to drive cooperation, and it needs to be voluntary. But the President and Congress can promote and support more positive forms of collaboration. This chapter focuses on how many Native officials are working with their State and Federal counterparts to share information, training, and services. Additionally, the chapter suggests steps that can be taken now to build on and accelerate that progress."
Read the full chapter at: http://www.aisc.ucla.edu/iloc/report/files/Chapter_4_Intergovernmental.pdf

News Article

Strong Interest in New Peacemaking Court in Washtenaw County, Michigan
"There appears to be a lot of interest in a new kind of court in Washtenaw County. More than 80 lawyers, mediators, and probation officers packed Judge Timothy Connors' courtroom on Friday. They were there for a six-hour education session on the Native American philosophy that guides the new peacemaking court."  Read more http://michiganradio.org/post/strong-interest-new-peacemaking-court-washtenaw-county

Training Materials Posted

Federal Re-Assumption of Criminal Jurisdiction under the Tribal Law and Order Act: The White Earth Experience

Held January 31, 2014.  This training focused on the provisions of the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) that allow tribes, under Public Law 280 jurisdiction, to request the federal government re-assume certain criminal jurisdiction on the tribe's reservation. The morning session included information on Public Law 280 and the TLOA followed by an afternoon presentation by tribal representatives from the White Earth Nation, the only tribe whose request has been granted for federal re-assumption of jurisdiction under Section 221 of the TLOA.  For links to the power points and other resources go to:   http://www.walkingoncommonground.org/resources-tools.cfm

Calling All Tribal-State Court Forums

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute is developing a publication that will serve as an overview of all the tribal-state court forums currently operating in the United States. We are collecting basic information including: founding date; structure/membership; subject matters covered; key accomplishments; and contact information. We know of the following forums:

ü  Arizona

ü  California

ü  Idaho

ü  Michigan

ü  New Mexico

ü  New York

ü  North Dakota

ü  South Dakota

ü  Washington

ü  Wisconsin

Do you know of others that are not on this list? Are you a member of one of these forums? Please email me at heather at tlpi.org<mailto:heather at tlpi.org> or give me a call at 323-650-5467 with your comments and/or additions.

Thank you!

Heather Valdez Singleton, Program Director
Tribal Law & Policy Institute<http://www.tribal-institute.org/lists/tlpi.htm>
8235 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 211
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Phone: (323) 650-5467 ~ Fax: (323) 650-8149
Email: Heather at tlpi.org<mailto:Heather at tlpi.org>

Providing Resources for Facilitating and Promoting Tribal-State-Federal Collaborations

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