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Qagan Tayagungin Tribal Youth Court

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $288,852)

The Justice Department's grant-making components have created a streamlined approach for federally recognized Tribes, Tribal consortia, Alaska Native villages and corporations, as well as authorized tribal designees to apply for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 funding opportunities. The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) serves as a single solicitation for existing tribal government-specific grant programs administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The CTAS solicitation is designed to assist tribes with addressing crime and public safety issues in a comprehensive manner. The CTAS grant-application process was inspired by and developed after consultation with tribal leaders, including sessions at the Justice Department's Tribal Nations Listening Session in 2009, and has been updated based on continued tribal consultations and listening sessions. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides awards under CTAS Purpose Area 8--Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts. The overall goal of this program is to enhance the capacity of tribal courts to respond to the alcohol-related issues of youth under the age of 21. This can include the development of a new juvenile healing to wellness court or enhancements to an existing tribal healing to wellness court.

Qagan Tayagungin Tribe’s Tribal Youth Court, empowers youth to participate in decision-making when problems arise among their peers, and to preserve and promote the cultural values and practices of the Qagan Tayagungin Tribe to improve the health, safety, and welfare of village Youth, and reduce alcohol related issues of youth under the age of 21. This project is to implement the Tribal Youth Court, to improve the health, safety, and welfare of youth ages 8-21 in Sand Point, including addressing minor alcohol possession and consumption issues. It will do this through training the Tribal Youth Court to implement key components 1 (individual and community healing focus), 2 (referral points and legal process), and 6 (incentives and sanctions) of the 10 key components of a tribal healing to wellness court.

The goals of this project are to support and enhance the Tribal Judicial System in order to effectively and efficiently implement the Tribal Youth Court to improve the health, safety, and welfare of youth ages 8-21 in Sand Point, including addressing minor alcohol possession and consumption issues, and establishment of coordination with relevant local stakeholders and organizations, and the Tribal Youth Court to better serve the youth of the community through youth court’s circle structure, to respond to and prevent future alcohol and substance abuse, and related crimes and minor offenses. All tribal youth court judges will receive training at least once a year, the capacity/number of cases handled by the Tribal Youth Court will be established and maintained within a manageable level and new Memorandum of Agreements will be created to support the goals of this project.

Date Created: September 15, 2015