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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



Tribal Nations Grant Fund: COVID-19 Emergency Grant

Release date: April 3, 2020.

Close date: April 30, 2020.

The COVID-19 Emergency Grant is made available to eligible tribes to prepare for and respond to the threat of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Emergency Grant funds may be used to fund programs, procurement of supplies, and actions taken in response to guidance of public health officials to address the threat of COVID-19, so long as those programs, supplies, and actions are not otherwise funded or provided by sources outside of the Tribal Nation Grant Fund.

Christina Snider will be holding a technical assistance call on Tuesday 4/21 at 1pm to field questions on the grant. TNGF Panel Members should send a tribal designee in their place if their tribes have questions to comply with Bagley Keene requirements. For more information click here.

Dial in: (916) 573-2034

Meeting #: 655382320

Tribal GIS Members Discussion List - RE: NTGISC COVID-19 Webinar Follow-up

For those of you that were not able to attend the webinar you can watch the recording at the following link https://www.tribalgis.com/tribalgis-videos/player/15/42 during the webinar a number of resources were discussed. 

During the 1st presentation from Esri presented by Tosia Shall and Anne Taylor. All of the elements mentioned are available on Esri’s COVID-19 GIS Hub https://coronavirus-resources.esri.com/ It was discussed that FEMA also has a hub setup that has additional data and resources that Tribes can access during this state of emergency. Below are the directions regarding how Tribes can access the content in FEMA’s non-public Hub. The only prerequisite is that you are a named user in an ArcGIS Online Organization. If you are currently not a named user in an ArcGIS Online Organization you can request access to AGOL through NTGISC by logging into https://www.tribalgis.com and clicking on the request access to ArcGIS Online button on the right side. FEMA is controlling access by adding named users to a group within the FEMA AGO.

The process to access FEMA Group which will give you access to the FEMA non-public Hub:
1.                   Open this group in your browser: http://www.arcgis.com/home/group.html?id=afab8708092042729edf00335a83b562#overview  
2.                   Hit ‘Join This Group’ button
3.                   It will ask you to sign in to your organization
4.                   Now you will be signed in and the url will change from arcgis.com to <your org name>.maps.arcgis.com
5.                   Hit ‘Join This Group’ and that will submit their request
6.                   On the FEMA side, we will see the request in ArcGIS Online and approve as quickly as we can Once you are approved, you will be able to access the FEMA Hub site using your own  organization’s credentials 

Additionally it was discussed that if you wanted to deploy your own HUB from the Esri COVID-19 resources this could not be done under AGOL access through NTGISC. While many elements will deploy such as dashboards and web maps HUB requires the ability to create additional groups which cannot be done in the NTGISC (Tribal GIS) ArcGIS Online. If you need this capability you can request your own six month ArcGIS Online account through FEMA by For those who would like to take advantage of this opportunity, choose “Request Assistance” in the red banner, and then select “COVID-19 Response Package” within “support options.” See the attached document for further instructions and information.

Additionally Tosia with Esri shared her PowerPoint slides that are attached to this email and additionally she shared the following link to a video for anyone interested in setting up our Coronavirus Business Continuity Solution. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFgpSPIUJaQ&feature=youtu.be 
The 2nd presentation from Muckleshoot Indian Tribe presented by Stewart Bruce The video Stewart referenced during his presentation is available at the following link https://www.tribalgis.com/tribalgis-videos/player/15/49 Additionally Stewarts slides are attached to this email. 

Last the COVID-19 overview map created by NTGISC is available at the following link https://www.tribalgis.com/tribal-gis-mapserver and the COVID-19 the COVID-19 projections website referenced in the webinar is available at the following link https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections be sure to check back on the NTGISC COVID-19 overview map as we will be adding more national data as it becomes available and likewise the data currently in the map is being updated continuously.


Sonoma County Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases Dashboard

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From the Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington, January 28, 2020

Voices from the past: Idaho project nears the end of 30 years of work on preserving American Indian oral history.

To read the article go to: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/jan/26/voices-from-the-past-idaho-project-nears-the-end-o/

Announcement: On-call Technical Assistance Services for Transportation Planning

As part of the Tribal Engagement and Technical Assistance Project, the National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) provides on-call services to Caltrans, MPOs, and tribal governments for a variety of transportation planning issues.

Caltrans and MPO may utilize NIJC’s on-call services for:

  • Coordinating transportation plans with tribal communities or including tribal communities in regional or state planning activities.
  • Guidance on initiating consultation with a tribal community.
  • Developing meeting agendas or protocols for Caltrans projects.
  • Developing tribal participation plans, including identifying and providing outreach to key tribal partners.
  • Technical assistance as needed to address implementation gaps or needs for tribal engagement, tribal transportation planning, or best practices in tribal consultation.

Tribes may utilize NIJC’s on-call services for:

  • Develop guidance or gathering data for tribal planning grants.
  • Conduct webinars or one-on-one meetings to guide interested tribes through the state planning grant programs.
  • Guidance on working with Caltrans on transportation projects impacting tribal communities.
  • Guidance on participating as Cultural Monitors on Caltrans transportation projects.

Please call NIJC at (707) 579-5507 to utilize our on-call services for this project.

Upon completion of all on-call work, NIJC will prepare a summary report, fact sheet, or PowerPoint presentation (for public distribution) detailing final outcome(s).


Oregon State Bar Bulletin, May 2019

Defining ‘Indian’
Kennewick Man Case Focused Attention on Native Identity and Sovereignty
By Jennie Bricker
To read the article please go to: https://www.osbar.org/bulletin/issues/2019/2019May/offline/download.pdf

Call for Consultants 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.

NIJC is currently looking for consultants to teach the workshops listed above. NIJC will be selecting consultants on a rolling basis as the project trainings are scheduled and new curricula are created. If you are interested in being a consultant, please review the request for bids and send your resume to Ben Myers, Staff Attorney, at benmyers@nijc.org

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

Tribal Indian Child Welfare Advocates Training Program
Needs Assessment Survey

The National Indian Justice Center is administering the Tribal Indian Child Welfare Advocates Training Program pursuant to a grant from the California Department of Social Services. The program will provide training and educational resources to social workers and other professionals working on Indian Child Welfare cases. Project curricula include Tribal Criminal Background Checks, Tribal Customary Adoption, Active Efforts, and Stages of Dependency.

Please follow the link to fill out our training needs assessment survey. This survey will help NIJC develop new curricula, adjust existing curricula, and provide training to regions that need it.

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BN39XS3

If you have any questions about the project, please email Ben Myers, Staff Attorney, at benmyers@nijc.org or call at (707) 579-5507.


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