The Tribal Law and Policy Institute works under a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grant program to provide Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) to Tribal Healing to Wellness (Drug) Courts. Our three overall project goals are:
To provide T/TA to assist developing Healing to Wellness Courts;
To provide T/TA to strengthen existing Healing to Wellness Court programs; and
To provide the field with state-of-the-art resources on effective strategies for addressing substance-abusing offenders in Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts.
This website is provided by TLPI, aimed towards providing the field with the most up-to-date and relevant research.
About the Tribal Law and Policy Institute
The Tribal Law and Policy Institute is a 100% Native American operated non-profit corporation organized to design and deliver education, research, training, and technical assistance programs which promote the enhancement of justice in Indian country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples. We are guided by a Board of Directors. We utilize an Approach to Training and Technical Assistance which is incorporated into all of our projects and services.
We seek to facilitate the sharing of resources so that Indian Nations and tribal justice systems have access to cost effective resources which can be adapted to meet the individual needs of their communities. We strive to establish programs which link tribal justice systems with other academic, legal, and judicial resources such as law schools, Indian law clinics, tribal colleges, Native American Studies programs, Indian legal organizations and consultants, tribal legal departments, other tribal courts, and other judicial/legal institutions. Through these collaborative alliances, we are implementing a synergistic approach to the delivery of services to Indian Country - accessing a wealth of talent and resources. We firmly believe that the coming years will see a dramatic change in the traditional mode of the delivery of tribal justice training and technical assistance services. Our staff and consultants are developing training through a variety of modes such as interactive CD-ROM and Internet based distant learning programs. For a full listing for Tribal Law and Policy Institute Programs and Services, click here.
Other websites we operate:
- Tribal Law and Policy Institute - www.home.tlpi.org
- The Tribal Court Clearinghouse - tlpi.org
- Tribal Law Updates - tlpi.wordpress.com
- Walking on Common Ground - WalkingOnCommonGround.org
- National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes - NRC4Tribes.org
- National Indian Nations Conference - ovcinc.org
- Tribal Legal Studies - triballegalstudies.org
- Tribal Protection Orders -tribalprotectionorder.org
Tribal Law and Policy Institute Publications
The Tribal Law and Policy Institute has developed a series of Comprehensive Publications. We believe that resources - especially resources developed under federal grants - should be freely accessibly on the Internet in order to maximize tribal access to these resources. See our Healing to Wellness Court-specific publications at Wellness Court Resources.
For more about the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, please see: Vision, Mission, Objectives, and Philosophies of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute.
Tribal Law and Policy Institute
8235 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. 211
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 650-5467 ~ Fax: (323) 650-8149
- Executive Director: Jerry Gardner (Cherokee)
- Program Director: Heather Valdez Singleton
- Operations Director: Jessica Harjo (Apache)
- Tribal Court Specialist: Chia Halpern-Beetso (Spirit Lake Dakota)
- Tribal Law Specialist: Lauren van Schilfgaarde (Cochiti Pueblo)
- Victim Advocacy Specialist: Bonnie Clairmont (Ho-Chunk)
- Tribal Advocacy Legal Specialist: Maureen White Eagle (White Earth and Turtle )
- Victim Advocacy Legal Specialist: Kelly Stoner (Cherokee)
- Tribal Justice Specialist: Kori Cordero (White Mountain Apache)
- Program Assistant: Naomi Miguel (Tohono O’odham)
- Administrative Assistant: Chad Jackson (Cocopah)
- Graphics Specialist: Terrilena Dodson (Navajo)
- Administrative Manager Program Assistant: Maria Alidio
- Program Assistant: April Russell (Ho Chunk/Rosebud Lakota)
- Administrative Assistant: Rebecca Macarro (Luiseno)
- Staff Accountant: Jan Langer
- Webmaster: Lou Sgroi
Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Tribes Staff
- Co-Project Director: Kathy Deserly
- Tailored and Permanency Project Manager: Joe Walker (Delaware)
- Child Welfare Specialist: Suzanne Garcia
- Senior Advisor for Tribal Capacity Building Services: Art Martinez (Chumash)
- Capacity Building Coordination Specialist: Elizabeth Deserly (Kickapoo)
- Collective Coordination Specialist: Sonja Ulrich
- Administrative Manager: Maria Alido
Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts Mailing List
If you would like to receive important updates on Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts, information on upcoming Trainings and Technical Assistance visits, or more information to assist you in developing and implementing your Tribal Healing to Wellness Court; Please sign up for our Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts Mailing List.
To see the collection of prior postins to the list, vist our Tribal Drug Court Mailing List Archives.
The Tribal Law and Policy Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your tax deductible donation will help us to provide increased technical assistance and resources for tribe, tribal court systems, and tribal victim service programs that we serve every day. Your donation will allow us to further our mission of enhancing and strengthening tribal sovereignty and justice while honoring community values and protecting rights and promoting well-being.