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The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) is a Native American operated non-profit dedicated to providing free publication resources, comprehensive training, and technical assistance for Native nations and tribal justice systems in pursuit of our vision to empower Native communities to create and control their own institutions for the benefit of all community members, now, and for future generations.


Our vision is to empower Native communities to create and control their own institutions for the benefit/welfare of all community members now and for future generations.


Our mission is to enhance and strengthen tribal sovereignty and justice while honoring community values, protecting rights, and promoting well-being.


About this project TLPI was awarded a two year grant from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women to implement the Tribal Coalitions Sexual Assault/Sex Trafficking TA Project. With the help of the Project Team and Project Partners, TLPI pursued overall goal of the project--to provide training and technical assistance to Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions to increase the coalitions’ capacity to address sexual assault in tribal communities and to increase their knowledge and understanding of sex trafficking and how to address the issue.

Please Note: The grant period for this project ended in September, 2016.


The informational resources on this site are designed to be useful to anyone wishing to learn more about these issues in Indian Country and our Victim Services Directory can be used by individuals dealing with the effects of violence. We do suggest that individuals contact their local Tribal Coalition for assistance first, because their network will increase chances of receiving services or referrals immediately.



Tribal Law and Policy Institute


The Tribal Law and Policy Institute's main organization website. This website, among other things, contains information on our various projects and services, past projects, staff, and free e-copies of our many publication resources. People interested in donating to support our work can do so through this website's Support Us page.

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Tribal Court Clearinghouse


A comprehensive informational resource for Native Nations, American Indian and Alaska Native people, tribal justice systems, services providers, and others involved in the improvement of justice in Indian country.It is one of the most comprehensive websites on tribal justice system issues, and includes a wealth of tribal, state, and federal resources. The Clearinghouse website contains extensive resources on tribal, state, and federal law along with extensive Indian country subject-matter resources, a training events calendar, and resources from all TLPI webinars.

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Walking on Common Ground


Walking On Common Ground promotes and facilitates tribal-state-federal collaborations. This website includes tribal-state agreements, promising strategies, and information on all federally recognized tribes and tribal courts.

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Tribal Protection Order Resources

Tribal Protection Order Resources is designed to assist Native nations and those working in tribal justice systems with information on protection orders, including resources on the drafting and enforcement of tribal protection orders.  


Tribal Child Welfare Resources


The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes (NRC4Tribes) website was developed under a grant from the Children’s Bureau. While that grant period has ended --NRC4Tribes has been replaced by the CBC4Tribes--this website is remaining live to keep the Tribal Child Welfare Resources and information the NRC4Tribes has published throughout the years easily accessible.

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Healing To Wellness Courts


Healing to Wellness Courts includes publications, webinars, and numerous resources concerning Tribal Healing To Wellness Courts (tribal drug courts) and restorative justice in Indian country.

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Capacity Building Center for Tribes


The Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Tribes provides assistance focused on the Indian Child Welfare Act, Tribal title IV-E programs (direct title IV-E and through tribal-state Agreements), and continuous quality improvement and data systems.

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Tribal Law Updates


Tribal Law Updates provides news and announcements on current events affecting tribal justice systems. 

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Indian Nations Conference


Tribal Law Updates provides news and announcements on current events affecting tribal justice systems. 

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