Comprises Alaska and Hawaii. Alaska has the largest number of tribes of any state with 231 Native Alaskan tribal entities and Alaskan Natives comprise rough 18% of the state’s population. Native Alaskan tribes experience unique challenges in the administration of justice due to jurisdictional complications, geography, terrain, and seasonal changes. While Hawaii has a large Native Hawaiian population, there are currently no federally recognized tribes in the state.
The Kake Circle Peacemaking Program incorporates Tlingit culture into the justice system in the Organized Village of Kake, Alaska. Using a traditional circle peacemaking approach, the program seeks to address the underlying issues that lead to crime and conflict. Circle peacemaking focuses on healing relationships and preventing further disputes.
The Llangarwik Recovery Camp offers a 14-day recovery and wellness camp for people living in the Chugach region of Alaska. It uses a “two-world” approach, combining western and traditional practices, to help participants overcome struggles with alcoholism, chemical dependency and related family issues.
The Alaska Tribal Child Welfare Compact is a one of a kind landmark government-to-government agreement between the State of Alaska and Alaska Tribes and Tribal organizations that recognizes the Tribes’ inherent authority to oversee placement of their children and provide child welfare services.