This is a report on the responses of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to a webinar on June 25, 2020, in which OJJDP representatives sought feedback from 288 tribal representatives on how OJJDP can assist tribes in implementing applicable provisions of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act (JJRA) of 2018, increase the tribes’ access to juvenile justice funding, and improve coordination with tribal communities.
The JJRA has provisions related to tribes regarding funding transparency, tribal representation in State Advisory Groups (SAGs), and funding under Title II formula grants funding. The JJRA also requires that OJJDP include in its annual report a description of grants provided directly to tribes and indirectly through a state or unit of local government. In addressing these issues, webinar participants recommended that the OJJDP Administrator and Department of Justice establish a working group or advisory committee of tribal leaders or delegates to engage in ongoing discussion as part of the collaboration required by the JJRA. In response to the input from tribal representatives, OJJDP will begin to incorporate a tribal consultation or listening session into OJJDP-sponsored events. OJJDP will also incorporate new, ongoing channels for improving coordination and feedback from tribes at a national level. OJJDP will use the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ) to establish a mechanism for tribal input. Other OJJDP actions are reported in its efforts to cultivate an ongoing dialogue and effective interaction with tribal jurisdictions, as well to respond to the concerns and requests of tribes regarding actions that show OJJDP’s respect for the input and sovereignty of American Indian/Alaska Native people. A listing of 4 online resources.