Native American Children Training Forum
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Since 1983, the National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) has worked to improve the quality of life in tribal communities and the administration of justice in Indian Country.  NIJC is a 100% Native governed, non-profit corporation with principle offices in Santa Rosa, California.  NIJC was established 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 independent national resource for Native communities and tribal governments.

Since its inception, NIJC has designed and conducted effective education programs for tribal governments and their courts, law enforcement, social services, medical personnel, victim assistance, transportation and other programs. We serve tribes, tribal organizations, government agencies and other interests throughout Indian country.  NIJC’s expertise encompasses a variety of subjects including but not limited to alcohol and substance abuse, alternative methods of dispute resolution, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, Indian youth and family law, juvenile justice, and federal Indian law. NIJC tailors its programs to the needs of the communities it serves. For 33 years we have provided research, technical assistance, tailored training sessions, on-site consultations, distance-learning courses, tribal justice system evaluations and publications to tribal communities in the U.S. and internationally.

Project Purpose

The NACTF project seeks to assess and improve the telecommunications/information technology (IT) and training capacity of Tribes, Tribal organizations and Tribal agencies in California that provide services to Native American Children who have been abused and/or neglected, or are at risk. 

New Program Objectives FY 2017 (Year 5) includes:

  1. Assess the technology sustainment needs of 3 regional hub sites and provide them with additional technology; train 2 or more additional staff members from each of 3 hub sites to conduct a distance learning training session for 20 or more personnel from tribal programs in their regions using technology equipment and an existing project Moodle course.
  2. Adapt the project’s existing Moodle courses to incorporate modules to meet needs identified by project stakeholders in Year 4; conduct and evaluate 3 blended learning training events of up to 2 days in duration in different regions in California to serve 20 or more onsite participants and 5 or more remote participants in each session.
  3. Refine 1 short-term evaluation tool and  1 mid-term evaluation tool to assess the usefulness of the training for project participants and administer it to Year 5 training participants and ongoing.
  4. Develop a 5-year evaluation report for the project.

We currently have 18 tribal sites participating in our NACTF project. To view our NACTF Project Sites, click here.
To download our NACTF Brochure, please click here.

This project is supported with funding awarded by the federal Children’s Justice Act, through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, with grant award CF15048670


This project is supported with funding awarded by the federal Children's Justice Act, through the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, with grant award CF15048670