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Welcome to the Tribal Court Clearinghouse

The Tribal Court Clearinghouse is a comprehensive website established in June 1997 to serve as a resource for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, American Indian and Alaska Native people, tribal justice systems, victims services providers, tribal service providers, and others involved in the improvement of justice in Indian country. It is one of the most comprehensive websites on tribal justice system issues, and includes a wealth of tribal, state, and federal resources. The Clearinghouse website contains extensive resources on tribal, state, and federal law along with extensive Indian country subject-matter resources, a training events calendar, and resources from all Tribal Law and Policy Institute webinars.

We are pleased to announce a new organization website for the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. This new website——serves as TLPI’s main organization website and includes information on all TLPI projects and services. This new website serves as the main portal for all organization information including; TLPI organization updates, office and staff information, TLPI trainings and events, and features every TLPI publication. Visit today! 

Tribal Law and Policy Institute Announces Two Training Sessions
(provided simultaneously)
Addressing Violence Against Indian Women

February 29 March 1, 2016

Double Tree Suites by Hilton Santa Monica
1707 Fourth Street
Santa Monica, California 90401

Phone: 1-800-222-8733

Hotel Rate: $217.00 (Federal Per Diem Rate for Santa Monica)
Hotel Code: TLF
Reservation Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2016

Training Registration Fee: $450.00 for 2 day training
Early Bird Rate: $400 (Early Bird registration and payment must be received by January 15, 2016)
Registration covers 2 day training, materials, lunch and refreshments.

Register Today!

(Please register by February 25, 2016 if feasible. Onsite registration will also be available).

Paying by Check: If you are paying by check, please download and complete the Training Registration Form and fax it to 323-650-8149.

Please mail payment to:

Tribal Law and Policy Institute
8235 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 211
West Hollywood CA 90046

Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be made after Monday, January 25, 2016. Registration will be refunded less a $25.00 administrative charge. As an alternative to cancellation, registration fees are transferable at no charge, but only with the receipt of a substitute registration form. Transfer requests must be received by January 25, 2016.

Tribal Grantees: If you are an Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grantee, please submit a grant adjustment notice (GAN) to your Program Manager requesting approval to use OVW grant funds to attend this training. Agendas can be found below.

On-Site Registration: If you need to register on site, registration will be available on Monday, February 29, 2016 between 8:00 am - 9:00 am. Checks, credit cards and cash will be accepted.

Track One: Strengthening Tribal Laws to Protect Native Women and Families

Presenters: Kelly Stoner and Maureen White Eagle. (Download Draft Agenda)

Participants will walk away with specific strategies and resource tools for developing tribal laws supporting victim safety and batterer accountability. Participants will receive copies of the three updated tribal code development resources on Sexual Assault and Stalking; Domestic Violence; and exercising increased tribal authority under TLOA/VAWA.

Track Two: Incorporating Indigenous Traditions and Practice in Our Work with Victim/Survivors

Presenters: Bonnie Clairmont and Jim Clairmont. (Download Draft Agenda)

Participants will walk away with specific strategies and resource tools for incorporating Indigenous Traditions and Practices in Our Work with Victim/Survivors. Participants will be provided with copies of the Video and Video Guidebook for Listen to Our Grandmothers: Utilizing Cultural Traditions in Our Response to Violence Against Indian Women which was developed by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute in order to assist tribal programs with incorporating cultural traditions into contemporary responses to violence against Native women.

You may also Download the Training Flyer.

October 6th panel presentation on Implementing VAWA 2013: Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction

The U. S. Department of Justice held a Domestic Violence Awareness Month event on October 6, 2015 which featured a panel discussion with representatives from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona and the Tulalip Tribes of Washington.  On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) into law.  VAWA 2013 included a historic provision recognizing tribes' inherent power to exercise "special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction" (SDVCJ) over certain defendants, regardless of their Indian or non-Indian status, who commit acts of domestic violence or dating violence or violate certain protection orders in Indian country.  The Department of Justice was instrumental in securing passage of this provision, which has fundamentally changed the landscape of tribal jurisdiction and promises to expand safety for victims.  Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona and the Tulalip Tribes of Washington were two of the first three tribes to implement the SDVCJ.  

A video of the event is available at: (Please note that this event starts 22 minutes into the video.) An unedited transcript is available while this video is being close captioned. 

The following event resources are available:

Justice Department prepared remarks are also available:

A Roadmap For Making Native America Safer - The Indian Law and Order Commission is pleased to transmit its final report and recommendations—A Roadmap For Making Native America Safer—as required by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, Public Law 111-211 (TLOA). These recommendations are intended to make Native American and Alaska Native nations safer and more just for all U.S. citizens and to reduce the unacceptably high rates of violent crime that have plagued Indian country for decades. This report reflects one of the most comprehensive assessments ever undertaken of criminal justice systems servicing Native American and Alaska Native communities.



Structuring Sovereignty: Constitutions of Native Nations

Structuring Sovereignty: Constitutions of Native Nations
by Melissa L. Tatum, Miriam Jorgensen, Mary E. Guss, and Sarah Deer, published by UCLA American Indian Studies Center, 2014

This book is designed to serve as a guide to communities engaged in the process of drafting a constitution and to students who are studying that process. For any nation, Indigenous or non-Indigenous, drafting and adopting a constitution is more than a legal process. It is a collective journey of self-discovery and reflection. New governing opportunities, changes in intergovernmental relations, heightened awareness of the importance of culturally legitimate governing institutions, and reforms in international law are generating a wave of constitution writing and constitutional reform among Native nations. This book draws on research, first hand experience with constitution writing and constitutional change, and numerous examples from actual governing documents to demonstrate the many ways that Indigenous nations can structure their sovereignty.

To order, email
$40.00 Paper 978-2-935626-68-1

Sharing our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence textbook

Sharing our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence is a general introduction to the social and legal issues involved in acts of violence against Native women, this book's contributors are lawyers, advocates, social workers, social scientists, writers, poets, and victims. In the U.S. Native women are more likely than women from any other group to suffer violence, from rape and battery to more subtle forms of abuse, and Sharing Our Stories of Survival explores the causes and consequences of such behavior. The stories and case-studies presented here are often painful and raw, and the statistics are overwhelmingly grim; but a countervailing theme also runs through this extremely informative volume: Many of the women who appear in these pages are survivors, often strengthened by their travails, and the violence examined here is human violence, meaning that it can be changed, if only with much effort and education. The first step is to lay out the truth for all to see, and that is the purpose accomplished by this book. To order, call 800-462-6420 or visit Alta Mira Press and use promotion code B10CTS20 to receive your 20% discount!

$38.00, Paper 978-0-7591-1125-7
$99.00, Cloth 978-0-7591-1124-0
$36.99, eBook, 978-0-7591-1364-0

Sharing our Stories of Survival Trainer’s Manual

Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies

Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies, Second Edition is the only available comprehensive introduction to tribal law. In clear and straightforward language, Justin B. Richland and Sarah Deer discuss the history and structure of tribal justice systems; the scope of criminal and civil jurisdictions; and the various means by which the integrity of tribal courts is maintained. This book is an indispensable resource for students, tribal leaders, and tribal communities interested in the complicated relationship between tribal, federal, and state law. The second edition provides significant updates on all changes in laws affecting the tribes, numerous new case studies (including studies on Alaskan tribes and family law), and a new concluding chapter. To order, call 800-462-6420 or visit Alta Mira Press and use promotion code B10CTS20 to receive your 20% discount!

$61.00, Paper 978-0-7591-1211-7
$109.00, Cloth 978-0-7591-1210-0
$52.99, eBook 978-0-7591-1940-6

Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure

Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure, Second Edition examines the complex subject of tribal criminal law and procedure from a tribal perspective—utilizing tribal statutory law, tribal case law, and the cultural values of Native peoples. Garrow and Deer discuss in depth the histories, structures and practices of tribal justice systems, comparisons of traditional tribal justice with Anglo-American law and jurisdictions, elements of criminal law and procedure, and alternative sentencing and traditional sanctions. New features of the second edition include new chapters on:

  • The Tribal Law and Order Act's Enhanced Sentencing Provisions 
  • The Violence Against Women Act's Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction 
  • Tribal-State Collaboration 

Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure will be an invaluable resource for legal scholars and students. To order, call 800-462-6420 or visit Alta Mira Press and use promotion code B10CTS20 to receive your 20% discount!

$55.00, Paper 978-0-7591-0718-2
$99.00, Cloth 978-0-7591-0717-5
$54.99, eBook  978-1-4422-3230-3

Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group offers special discounts for bulk purchases in the United States by corporations, institutions, and other organizations. For more information, please contact Lynsey Weston in the Special Markets Department at 301-459-3366.


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