Generally Tribal Justice Support (TJS) provides funding for Tribal courts to conduct on-site trainings. TJS mission is to support peer-to-peer (Tribe to Tribe) trainings, which highlight best practices in Tribal courts. These are offered through various means.

Schedule of Tribal Court Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable discussions take place virtually. These discussions are open to Tribal court personnel and are intended to provide technical assistance to Tribal courts. Registration is limited.

Date (2020) Subject Agenda

June 18

Judicial Change in Times of COVID-19
Regions: Midwest, Grat Plains, Eastern, Western, Southwest,& Oklahoma Regions
June 11 Judicial Change in Times of COVID-19
Regions: Alaska, Northwest, Pacific, Rocky Mountain & CFR Judges
Training Schedule
Date Subject Location Hosting Tribe Registration Documents

August 5-7

VAWA and ICWA Training
A multi-disciplinary training geared toward child welfare and domestic violence advocates to implement effective service and advocacy strategies in cases involving child welfare, domestic violence, or both.

Virtual Bay Mills Indian Community, MI Agenda TBD
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If approved, funding is available for Tribal justice training on various subjects including, violence against women, domestic violence, child dependency, trial advocacy skills, Tribal clerk and Tribal administrator training among others.

Tribal Justice Systems Training are identified through the Tribal court assessments and consultation process with Tribes. There are two categories to obtain training.

  1. Tribes may use P.L 638 when it is training its own members.
  2. Tribes may apply through a grant process offered by TJS when they seek to train individuals outside their own membership.

In both instances, a statement of work and an agenda are required. TJS focuses on Tribe to Tribe training using breakout sessions and National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) models because Tribes have created best practices that meet the needs of their Tribal courts. In 2019 TJS funded Tribes who conducted 11 3-day trial advocacy training sessions. Over 500 Tribal court participants were trained.

  • 2019 Tribal Court Trial Advocacy Skills Training Report