ALASKA SPECIFIC RESOURCES
This website: https://alaskatribes.org/ is a project of Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) to provides Alaska Native Tribes with resources and information regarding Tribal Courts and participation in state court ICWA proceedings.
The Alaska State Tribal Court Toolbox was created to help tribal members and tribal communities the ability to quickly access forms needed to seek the assistance from their local Tribal Court or the Alaska State Courts. The toolbox is organized in sections depending on the type of assistance needed.
A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer: Report to the President and Congress of the United States, The Indian Law and Order Commission Report, Chapter Two: Reforming Justice for Alaska Natives: The Time is Now (2013).
The Alaska Tribal Court Directory (2018) directory includes information from 102 Alaska Tribes, which was gathered through a new survey issued in partnership with the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA). Additional information was gathered and shared with ALSC by Denise Nerby and Sinea Williams of the Association of Village Council Presidents. NOTE: there may be Tribes operating tribal courts that are not in this directory. This directory should not be used as a definitive statement of the number of tribal courts operating in Alaska or of the types of cases being heard by tribal courts. We continue to envision this directory as a work in progress, and hope that it will continue to become more comprehensive in later editions.
A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives Video Series, produced by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), is designed for federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and o thers who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. The videos in this series increase awareness about the origins, prevalence, and types of violence committed against Alaska Natives; identify first responders to Alaska Native victims of crime, including Alaska State Troopers, Village Police Officers, Village Public Safety Officers, community leaders, victim advocates, elders, medical personnel, substance abuse counselors, mental health providers, the faith community, and allied professionals; illustrate the challenges faced by Alaska Native victims and the critical role that culture and tradition play in both the well-being of Alaska Natives and in helping victims and communities heal; present specific techniques and strategies for enhancing responses to and the investigation of violence against Alaska Natives; illustrates—through case studies and personal experiences—how local customs, traditions, and best practices underscore the need for a multidisciplinary, multijurisdictional, collaborative response to violence committed against Alaska Natives.
Video 1: Responding to Survivors of Violence, this video provides an overview of the multiple challenges victims face when pursuing safety and justice in Alaska, including geographic, climate, and jurisdictional realities. Traditional values, local customs, cultural practices, and trauma-informed care help victims to heal and serve to promote the well-being of communities.
Video 2: First Responders to Victims of Crime, focuses on community-driven responses to victims in Alaska villages. Although many challenges remain, well-coordinated responses that integrate tribal- and community-based approaches with other resources are changing outcomes for victims and communities.
Video 3: A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives Video 3 Multidisciplinary Response to Victims of Violence, illustrates the multidisciplinary approach that brings together a range of professions to ensure timely, comprehensive, and victim-centered responses. Teams must be flexible and responsive to the range of short- and long-term needs of Alaska Native victims, including cultural, emotional, physical, and geographic needs.
Video 4: A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives Video 4 Community Responses with Victims and Offenders, highlights holistic and community-based approaches to victims and offenders. It also addresses the significant impact historical trauma has had on some Alaska Natives. Offenders often return to their homes and communities; therefore, communities must be actively involved in re-entry efforts to ensure the safety of victims and community members. (OVC)
A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives Video 5 Federal Responses to Sex Trafficking in Alaska, introduces the issue of sex trafficking of Alaska Natives, especially adolescents and women who travel to urban areas from the villages and then lack the resources to return home. Awareness, outreach, safety, support, services, training, and enforcement are all critical elements discussed in the video. Each of these elements is key to successfully addressing sex trafficking.
Tribal Protection Orders in Alaska Webinar
Tribal Protection Orders in Alaska PowerPoint Presentation