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The National Indian Justice Center, Inc. (NIJC) is an Indian owned and operated non-profit corporation with principal offices in Santa Rosa, California. The National Indian Justice Center was established in 1983 through the collective efforts of the National American Indian Court Judges Association, the American Indian Lawyer Training Program, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in order to establish an boy in Native American regalia independent national resource for Native communities and tribal governments.

The goals of NIJC are to design and deliver legal education, research, and technical assistance programs which seek to improve the quality of life for Native communities and the administration of justice in Indian country.

News and Announcements

Call for Consultant Proposals for Tribal Indian Child Welfare Advocates Training Program

The Tribal Indian Child Welfare Advocates Training Program is funded by the California Department of Social Services, Office of Tribal Affairs and administered by the National Indian Justice Center. The goal of this project is to educate social workers and other professionals working on Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) cases. Project curricula include Tribal Criminal Background Checks, Tribal Customary Adoption, Active Efforts, and Stages of Dependency. These workshops will teach participants about California ICWA regulations and requirements. NIJC staff and consultants will deliver these curricula in one-day workshops for two to three days at each training site.

The current deadline for the first cycle of training consultant proposals has been extended to March 29th. NIJC will have several collection cycles for consultant proposals over the next two years of the project. Please check back on this page for information on the current collection cycle.

NIJC is currently looking for consultants to teach the workshops listed above. If you are interested in being a consultant, please fill out this form and submit it to Kelly Myers at nijc@aol.com

If you have any questions about being a consultant or the project, please contact Ben Myers at benmyers@nijc.org or (707) 579-5507.

The California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)

The Tribal Youth Diversion Grant Program is a component of the Youth Reinvestment Grant (YRG) Program, which was established in the 2018 Budget Act (Senate Bill 840, Chapter 29, Statutes of 2018) and related trailer bill (Assembly Bill 1812, Chapter 36, Statutes of 2018). The YRG program is aimed at diverting young people who commit low-level offenses from initial contact with the juvenile justice system. The Tribal component of the YRG Program is specifically for Indian tribes to implement diversion programs for Indian children that use trauma informed, community-based, and health-based interventions. Funding priority must be given to diversion programs that address the needs of Indian children who experience high rates of juvenile arrests, high rates of suicide, high rates of alcohol and substance abuse, and average high school graduation rates that are lower than 75 percent.
Total funding for the Tribal Youth Diversion Grant Program is $1,119,000 over the course of the grant term, which is July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022.
Proposals must be received by the BSCC by 5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2019. A copy of the RFP is available on the BSCC website.
The BSCC staff cannot assist the applicant or its partners with the actual preparation of the proposal. Any technical questions concerning the RFP, the proposal process, or programmatic issues must be submitted by email to: YouthReinvestmentGrant@bscc.ca.gov.
For more information go to: http://www.bscc.ca.gov/s_youthreinvestmentgrant

Active Transportation Assessments with California Native American Tribes Project

Project Update
Thank you for all of the contractors that have submitted proposals. We will be selecting a contractor in the new few weeks and then opening an application for tribes to participate in the project. Please check back here soon for the tribal application.

Project Background
The Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community, in partnership with the National Indian Justice Center, is announcing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Active Transportation Assessments with California Native American Tribes Project.

The project requires Active Transportation Consultants to conduct Active Transportation Assessments with 12 federally-recognized Tribes located in California and produce active transportation reports for each of the 12 Tribes using data and information from the assessments. A report summarizing the findings for the project will also be produced.

The Active Transportation Assessments will document the current and projected needs of pedestrians and bicyclists (including connections with transit where applicable) in the participating Tribal communities, the available road, pedestrian, bicycle and transit infrastructure and conditions, and future short-term and long-term improvements (infrastructure and non-infrastructure) to meet demands for active transportation options by all users of the transportation facilities within, or providing access to, the participating Tribes’ lands. The data and information from the assessments will be used by the participating tribal communities in their long-range transportation plans and transportation improvement plans to develop multi-modal and safe transportation systems.

The participating tribes will also use the assessments to justify their needs and improve their ability to compete for Active Transportation Program funding and other funding to implement improvements. Data from the studies will be shared with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) so that it may be integrated into Caltrans’ decision making in infrastructure investments. Community input will inform the entire project process and deliverables through the engagement of the participating Tribal advisory committee to guide the project and develop or adapt active transportation assessment tools and methods to tribal communities located through-out California; interactive community scoping meetings to engage tribal participants, local tribal community member participation in conducting the assessments; tribal review and feedback on their respective draft assessment reports; and advisory committee review and feedback on data delivered to Caltrans.

For more information on this project, please contact Ben Myers, Staff Attorney, at benmyers@nijc.org