Tribal Court Mentors Circle
The Tribal Law and Policy Institute is
pleased to announce the formation of the Tribal Court Mentors Circle, an on-line
community of individuals who have volunteered to share their knowledge and
expertise in assisting people who work in Native American Tribal courts. We have
established the Tribal Court Mentors Circle so that Tribal court personnel can
seek advice from individuals, like themselves, who work in Tribal courts and in
Below you find links to frequently asked question about the Tribal Court
Mentors Circle, an on-line form you may use to Sign
up and Join the Tribal Court Mentors Circle, and an on-line form you may use
to Submit a Question to the Tribal Court
NOTE: The National Tribal
Justice Resource Centers' Lending
a Helping Hand - The Tribal Justice System Mentor Project creates mentor
partnerships by matching new and developing Native American and Alaska Native
tribal justice systems with established, effective tribal courts to provide
technical assistance with the creation and enhancement of these systems. This
project builds on the already decades-old practice of tribal courts helping each
other through the informal sharing of information, advice and experiences.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Mentors Circle work?
Once you have become a member of the Tribal Court Mentors Circle, you will
periodically receive by e-mail questions from someone who is working in some
capacity in a Tribal court. You may then respond directly to that individual or
direct your response to the staff of the Tribal Law
and Policy Institute, who will then forward your advice on to the sender. If
you have need for assistance, you may address your request for assistance to the
Tribal Court Mentors Circle. The staff of the Tribal Law & Policy Institute
will review your request and then forward it on to those individuals we feel
have the necessary expertise to adequately address your request.
What skills do you require of someone who wishes to join the Tribal Court
Mentors Circle and become a Tribal court mentor?
Generally speaking, all that is required is that you have experience or
knowledge in a specific area of Tribal law and/or a specific aspect of Tribal
courts, and that you have internet access and an e-mail address where we may
What happens if I receive a question that I don't have the answer to?
When you join the Tribal Court Mentors Circle you are assigned to a specific
category based upon your expertise and work experience. When we receive a
request for assistance, we then forward that request only to those individuals
who we feel have the requisite expertise in that subject area. For example, if
someone requests assistance on an Indian probate law issue, that request would
only be forwarded to those individual Mentors who have had Indian probate law
If I have a problem that requires immediate attention should I use the
We would discourage anyone who needs advice that is time critical from using
the Tribal Court Mentors Circle for we cannot guarantee that you would receive a
response within a timeline that you specify. A more appropriate forum would be
to use the various Mailing Lists and Forums
which are listed here in the Tribal Court Clearinghouse.
I submitted a question to the Tribal Court Mentors Circle and I only
received one reply. What happened?
The individuals who have joined the Tribal Court Mentors Circle have
volunteered to assist people like yourself who require advice in a specific area
of their work. Due to work schedules, vacations, sickness or other situations,
individual mentors may not be available at all times to assist you. Submitting a
question or a request for assistance to the Tribal Court Mentors Circle does not
guarantee that you will always hear back from someone, or that the responses you
receive will arrive within a deadline that you specified.
If I decide to join the Tribal Court Mentors Circle and become a Tribal
court mentor, how much time would I have to spend each week answering questions
that you forward on to me?
We do not anticipate that as a member of the Tribal Court Mentors Circle you
would receive more than one or two requests per week, but cannot guarantee this.
The length of time you may be required to spend addressing requests will vary
depending on the nature of the problem submitted to you and the availability of
other mentors. Keep in mind that the request for assistance that you
received may have also been sent to other Tribal Court Mentors, so you may
choose which requests that you receive warrant your attention and response.
Note: Before you request assistance from the Tribal Court Mentors Circle,
please Read our Disclaimer.
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Mentors Circle and become a Tribal court mentor.