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Tribal Court Forums and Mailing Lists

This page has descriptions of The Tribal Court Clearinghouse Message Forum and links to Other Message Forums and Mailing Lists that may be of interest to Tribal Court personnel. The Tribal Court Message Forum will give you the opportunity to share your ideas with other people working in tribal courts across the country.

Current Forums

The Tribal Court Message Forum is an open discussion forum on general topics related to Tribal Courts. Post a question or comment and check back for an answer or answer a question for another user. You may also search the database of questions and comments that have been posted and previously answered.

Other Forums

People working in Tribal Court CASA Programs will be interested in CASA's Discussion Forums.

Mailing Lists

Mailing lists can be an excellent vehicle for sharing information and for establishing ties with other people living and working in Indian Country. Subscribing to a mailing list is a way of having a group discussion by electronic mail. A mailing list is very much like a conference on a bulletin board system, except the conversation comes to you in your e-mail box. Each time you or any member of the list posts a reply to the conversation, it is distributed to the e-mail box of every member of the list. Mailing lists are the most basic form of Internet conferencing. They can be public or private and, unlike Usenet newsgroups, which require additional software to run, all you need to participate is an e-mail address. Be forewarned, however, that some popular lists generate large volumes of mail and you could find your e-mail's In Box stuffed with dozens of messages each day.

The Tribal Law & Policy Institute has created a Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts List Serve (Mailing List). You can subscribe to the mailing list by filling out the online form on the Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts List Serve web page.

Real Justice conferences, also called family group conferences, restorative justice conferences and community accountability conferences, originated as a response to juvenile crime. Conferencing is a new victim-sensitive approach to addressing wrongdoing in various settings in a variety of ways.

Click here to sign up for the REAL JUSTICE Mailing List (InterTribal Government Council).

General discussion of issues facing tribal governments. Before you subscribe to this list you may browse the InterTribal Government Council's message archive.
To subscribe send the following message to
SUB ITGC Your Full Name
(example:  SUB ITGC Mary Doe)

JUSTINFO, an electronic newsletter published the 1st and 15th of each month, highlights resources from the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs,  and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. JUSTINFO is organized by topic with notations about the type of resources.


To subscribe to this newsletter go to or send the following message to (with no subject line):
subscribe justinfo youremailaddress yourname
(e.g., subscribe justinfo John Doe) (Indigenous Tribal Government Workgroup).

General discussion of legal issues facing Native Americans with a focus on tribal governments. Before you subscribe to this list you may browse the Indigenous Tribal Government Workgroup's message archives.
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(example:  SUB TRIBALGOV Mary Doe) (Tribal Law).

General discussion of the laws and policy that affect Native Americans on the North American continent - Canada and the United States; including tribal, state, and federal court decisions, Indian public policy, social services, and legal history; indigenous, aboriginal, First Peoples.
To subscribe send the following message to
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(example:  subscribe triballaw Mary Doe) (Tribal Court Mailing List).

General discussion of issues surrounding the administration of tribal law in tribal courts.
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Federal Agencies

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
Administration for Native Americans (ANA)
American Indian Environmental Office
BIA Office of Justice Services
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
Bureau of Indian Education
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
HUD's Office of Native American Programs (ONAP)
Indian Law and Order Commission (ILOC)
Office for Victims of Crime
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART Office)
Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ)
Office on Violence Against Women
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Tribal Justice and Safety in Indian Country
Tribal Youth Program

more . . .

Native Organizations

California Indian Legal Services
National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA)
National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC)

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)

National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault (NICCSA)

National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes (NRC4Tribes)

Native American Children’s Alliance (NACA)

Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

Native Elder Health Care Resource Center
Navajo Nation Bar Association
Southwest Center For Law And Policy

Walking on Common Ground

Native Law Blogs

Tribal Law Updates
Alaska Indigenous
Falmouth Institute/American Indian Report
ICWA Info Blog
Indian Legal Program – Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Legal History Blog
Legal Scholarship Blog
National Indian Law Library Blog
Native America, Discovered and Conquered
Native American Legal Update
Turtle Talk

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