The Center for Court Innovation helps tribal communities across the U.S. develop or enhance their justice systems.
We offer a range of services designed to meet three major goals. The first is ensuring that tribal communities have access to training and ongoing technical assistance about problem-solving community-based practices, such as a Healing to Wellness Court, a domestic violence court, or a truancy reduction program. We facilitate formal collaborations among traditional tribal justice systems and state and local court systems. And finally, we identify and share best practices developed in Indian country that could help strengthen public safety initiatives elsewhere in the United States.
Tribal Justice Tools Survey
We are conducting a national survey of risk-need assessment tools and data management technologies being used by tribal courts, and we need your help. Please complete the survey today.
Building on a traditional Native American approach to justice, the Center’s peacemaking programs focus on healing and community restoration rather than punishment.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reintegration Program provides intensive case management and reentry services to tribal members returning to the community from incarceration. The program provides financial assistance for basic needs such as housing, clothing, and groceries, and offers long-term support through educational, vocational, and legal services. This video, which was an official selection of the American Indian Film Festival, introduces viewers to the program through interviews with clients, staff and the numerous partners--like prison and court officials--that have allowed the program to
Creating a specialized domestic violence court can be daunting for any community. It requires careful planning, leadership, and the buy-in of partners. The Tulalip Tribes of Washington are tackling the issue of domestic violence head-on, spearheading an initiative to create a specialized court, one of the first in a tribal justice system. This outline of their planning process highlights the steps involved and serves as a useful guide for tribes seeking to strengthen their court’s response to domestic violence.
This document describes the Native American method of peacemaking—a non-adversarial form of justice focusing on restoration and the long-term healing of relationships—and offers detailed guidelines for implementation by state courts.
An interview profile of Sarah Reckess, the director of our Upstate New York office: "We try to knock down silos, to challenge agencies and community leaders to think in new ways...to not be afraid of failure."