Tribal Law & Policy Institute
DOJ Training area of focus: Healing to Wellness Courts
The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) is a 100% Native American owned and operated corporation which was established in 1996 to design and deliver education, research, training, and technical assistance programs which promote the improvement of justice in Indian Country and the health, well-being and culture of Native peoples. TLPI’s vision is to empower Native communities to create and control their own institutions for the benefit/welfare of all community members now and for future generations. TLPI’s mission is to enhance and strengthen tribal sovereignty and justice while honoring community values, protecting rights, and promoting well-being. For more information on TLPI’s approach and philosophy, visit www.tribal-institute.org/lists/vision.htm. TLPI has established a comprehensive website (“Tribal Court Clearinghouse”) in the 1990s which serves as a resource for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, tribal justice systems, tribal law enforcement, and others involved in the improvement of justice in Indian Country (www.tlpi.org). TLPI also maintains a series of other
web-based publications and resources. For access to TLPI’s online resource publication library, visit
TLPI provides training and technical assistance services under two BJA grant programs. TLPI’s Tribal Healing to Wellness Court program includes Tribal Healing to Wellness Court on-site technical assistance, enhancement training, and publications. TLPI’s Tribal Court Collaboration Program includes expanded Walking on Common
Ground website, Promising Practices resources, Tribal Legal Studies textbooks, and Tribal Legal Code resources.
Tribal Wellness Courts Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Services
TLPI provides Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) services for
Tribal Healing to Wellness (Drug) Courts including:
• On-Site Technical Assistance for Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts
• Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Enhancement Training
• Tribal Healing to Wellness Court, and publications including
• Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: Needs Assessment Report (2010)
• Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: Overview of Tribal Drug Courts (revised and updated version available Fall 2011)
• Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: The Key Components (revised and updated version available Fall 2011)
• Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: Program Policies, Procedures, and Code Provisions (available Fall 2011)
• Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: Treatment Guidelines for Adults and Juveniles (available Spring 2012)
• Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: The Judges Bench Book (available Spring 2012)
Walking on Common Ground
TLPI is currently transforming the WalkingOnCommonGround.org website into an on-going permanent comprehensive resource highlighting tribal state collaboration - especially tribal state court collaborations and forums - and providing resources for those who wish to replicate. The site will be searchable by state (and tribe)
through various methods including an interactive map.
Promising Practices Publications/Resources
TLPI is in the process of developing both hard copy and online promising practices resources concerning (1) Tribal-State Court collaborations; and (2) Public Law 280 collaborations. Tentative publication date for both publications is Fall 2011.
Tribal Legal Studies Textbooks
TLPI has developed a series of Tribal Legal Studies publication/textbook resources including:
• Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies (2nd Edition)
• Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure
• Sharing Our Stories of Survival
Instructor Guides are also being developed for all three publications.
Tribal Legal Code Resources
TLPI has developed a series of Tribal Legal Code resource publications/textbook resources including:
• Tribal Legal Code Resource: Crimes Against Children
• Tribal Legal Code Resource: Civil Child Welfare Laws (available summer 2011)
The target audience is American Indian and Alaska Native nations and others interested in promoting the improvement of justice in Indian Country and the health, well-being and culture of Native peoples. Training and Technical assistance is not limited to tribes that have been awarded federal grants such as CTAS.
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