This region contains Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. The landscapes in this region are characterized by lakes, large bodies of water, and agrarian land. Some of the tribes in this region are subject to PL 280, and engage in cross-jurisdictional collaborations to address justice system needs. The tribes in this region are diverse and include tribes historically from this region, as well as others that were relocated from the Northeast and other regions.
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe tribal court and the Cass County (Minnesota) court developed a joint jurisdiction court in response to the serious substance abuse problem in their communities. The courts developed a set of goals for the joint jurisdiction court: improving access to justice, administering justice for effective results, and fostering public trust, accountability, and impartiality.
Learn about the team designed to be the “expert group” overseeing the substantial implementation of SORNA. They work to plan and carry out the strategies necessary to ensure the effectiveness of the SORNA recommendations and to analyze the current process for improvements.