California is a PL 280 state that covers a large geographic area on the west coast of the United States. Tribes in this state often have unique challenges in the administration of justice due to jurisdictional complexities, tribal/state relations, and limitations in resources. Tribes in California have sought solutions to these challenges through unique collaborations and partnerships.
In 2009, the Yurok Tribe entered into agreements with Del Norte and Humboldt Counties to exercise concurrent jurisdiction over non-violent cases involving Yurok offenders.The agreements authorize the state and tribal courts to share responsibility for supervising eligible offendersand establish protocols for transferring cases to the tribal court’s Wellness Court for treatment, culturally-relevant services, and compliance monitoring.
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