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These organizations offer resources for tribal justice systems, including publications, online information, and a variety of training and technical assistance services. In addition, many host regional and national conferences for tribal justice practitioners. Visit their websites for more information. If you need more help finding the right services for your tribe, contact us at [email protected].

Aequitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women

AEquitas’ mission is to improve the quality of justice in sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and human trafficking cases by developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices that increase victim safety and offender accountability. The individualized assistance AEquitas provides is data driven and incorporates customized strategies that are easy to implement, resulting in prosecutors’ ability to sustain effective practices and promote systemic change.

Alaska Native Justice Center

The Alaska Native Justice Center (ANJC) was established in 1993 by CIRI as a tribal non-profit to address Alaska Natives’ unmet needs regarding the Alaska civil and criminal justice system in response to the increasing disproportionate rates of victimization, incarceration and other justice-related issues impacting Alaska Natives throughout Alaska.

American Probation and Parole Association

The mission of the American Probation and Parole Association is to serve, challenge and empower their members and constituents by educating, communicating and training; advocating and influencing; acting as a resource and conduit for information, ideas and support; developing standards and models; and by collaborating with other disciplines.

Institute for Native Justice

The Institute for Native Justice (INJ) is a professional and innovative effort to help tribal and rural communities provide justice which is fair and balanced for victims of crime. In particular, INJ focuses on victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking by highlighting inequities in the justice system and by promoting evidence-based approaches to help remedy unjust practices and policies. INJ assists those who provide direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Justice Solutions Group

Justice Solutions Group (JSG) has extensive experience in justice system and facility programming and planning for States, Counties and Native American Tribes throughout the United States. JSG provides a comprehensive array of services including system analysis, needs assessment, master plan development, space programming, staffing analysis, program design, scenario development, policies and procedures, post orders and transition and operational planning services.

Mending the Sacred Hoop

Mending the Sacred Hoop is a Native owned and operated non-profit organization that exists to address violence against Native women and works to end it. They organize to address issues surrounding violence against American Indian/Alaskan Native women in their home community of Duluth, MN, throughout the State of Minnesota, and work with Tribes and Native communities nationally that are addressing the issues of domestic and sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking in their communities.

National American Indian Court Judges Association 

The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) is a national association comprised of tribal justice personnel & others devoted to supporting and strengthening tribal justice systems through education, information sharing, and advocacy.

National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes

The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes is designed to improve child welfare systems and to support states and tribes in achieving sustainable, systemic change that results in greater safety, permanency, and well-being for children, youth, and families.

National Congress of American Indians

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) was founded in 1944 and is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaskan Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities. NCAI, a non-profit organization, advocates for a bright future for the generations to come by taking the lead to gain consensus on a constructive and promising vision for Indian Country.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) works to ensure justice for families and children in every court throughout this country. Being one of the largest and oldest judicial membership organizations in the nation, the NCJFCJ serves an estimated 30,000 professionals in the juvenile and family justice system including judges, referees, commissioners, court masters and administrators, social and mental health workers, police, and probation officers.

National Criminal Justice Association

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) represents state, tribal and local governments on crime prevention and crime control issues. The NCJA is a national voice in shaping and implementing criminal justice policy since its founding in 1971.

National Criminal Justice Training Center Fox Valley Technical College

The National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) leverages the skills and abilities of more than 300 experienced criminal justice practitioners as well as the resources developed over a 20-year history of providing training and technical assistance to every state and U.S. territory. NCJTC offers a wide range of training and technical assistance programs that can be adapted and tailored to meet specific needs of individuals and communities.

National Indian Child Welfare Association

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) works to address the issues of child abuse and neglect through training, research, public policy, and grassroots community development. NICWA also works to support compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), which seeks to keep American Indian children with American Indian families.

National Indian Justice Center

The National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) was established in 1983 to create an independent national resource for Native communities and tribal governments. The goals of NIJC are to design and deliver legal education, research, and technical assistance programs which seek to improve the quality of life for Native communities and the administration of justice in Indian country.

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a Native nonprofit organization that was created specifically to serve as the National Indian Resource Center (NIRC) Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women. The NIWRC seeks to enhance the capacity of American Indian and Alaskan Native tribes, Native Hawaiians, and Tribal and Native Hawaiian organizations to respond to domestic violence.

National Tribal Child Support Association

The National Tribal Child Support Association’s (NTCSA) purpose is to provide a national resource for tribal efforts to serve Native American children through child support programs. The NTCSA was founded as a result of the annual Tribal Child Support Enforcement Conference initially held in 2001.

National Tribal Judicial Center at the National Judicial College

The National Tribal Judicial Center (NTJC) at the National Judicial College is one of the first institutions to address the specific needs of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal law judiciaries. The NTJC’s main objective is to improve justice through national programs of education and training directed toward judicial proficiency, competency, skills and understanding.

National Tribal Justice Resource Center

The National Tribal Justice Resource Center (NTJRC) is the program arm of the National American Indian Court Judges Association. The Resource Center, its staff, and its website provide referrals, training and technical assistance, and a wide variety of resources to tribal justice system personnel—whether working with formalized, modern tribal courts or within tradition-based dispute resolution forums—in order to assist in their development and enhancement.

Native American Fatherhood and Families Association

Native American Fatherhood & Families Association (NAFFA) began in 2002 with just one father and the mission of bringing Native American men back to strengthening families. Since then, NAFFA has successfully impacted thousands of lives and families. NAFFA is an Arizona based non-profit organization that provides programs to strengthen Native American families through responsible fatherhood and motherhood.

Native American Rights Fund

Since 1971, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has provided legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who may have otherwise gone without adequate representation. NARF has successfully asserted and defended the most important rights of Indians and tribes in hundreds of major cases, and has achieved significant results in such critical areas as tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, natural resource protection, and Indian education.

Native American Technology Research Center 

The Native American Technology Research Center is a subsection of the Info-Tech (IT) Research Group and helps to guide decision-making while providing a variety of established systems of management for executives in the tribal industry to better their individual practices.

Native Nations Institute

The Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI), housed at The University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, serves as a self-determination, governance, and development resource for Indigenous nations in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere.

Pretrial Justice Institute

The Pretrial Justice Institute’s core purpose is to advance safe, fair, and effective juvenile and adult pretrial justice practices and policies that honor and protect all people. They work to achieve their core purpose by moving policymakers and justice system stakeholders to adopt and implement practices and policies through a myriad of various modalities.

Southwest Center for Law and Policy

Since 2002, the Southwest Center for Law and Policy has been providing legal training and technical assistance, on a national level, to Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grantees serving American Indian/Alaskan Native victims of sexual and domestic violence, stalking, elder abuse, teen dating violence, firearms violence, and abuse of persons with disabilities.

Tribal Judicial Institute at the University of North Dakota

The Tribal Judicial Institute was established in 1993 with an award from the Bush Foundation to provide training and technical assistance to twenty tribal courts in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Since then, the Institute has expanded to become a national institute and has conducted over 500 local, regional and national training sessions for approximately 250 different tribal courts and tribal agencies throughout the nation.

Tribal Justice Exchange at the Center for Court Innovation 

The Tribal Justice Exchange provides technical assistance to tribal communities seeking to develop or enhance their tribal justice systems. The Tribal Justice Exchange ensures that tribal communities have access to training and ongoing technical assistance about problem-solving community-based practices; encourages formal collaborations between traditional tribal justice systems and state/local court systems; and identifies and disseminates best practices developed in Indian country to help strengthen public safety initiatives elsewhere in the United States.

Tribal Law and Policy Institute

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute is a Native American owned and operated non-profit corporation organized to design and deliver education, research, training, and technical assistance programs which promote the enhancement of justice in Indian country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples.Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) information and resources are accessible directly through a new TLPI website which is also accessible through TLPI’s Tribal Court Clearinghouse