Tribal Work and ICWA

Working in Tribal Communities to Protect Victims and Communities from Firearms in Domestic Violence Cases

Caroline LaPorte, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
Nancy Hart, Senior Program Attorney, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Darren Mitchell, Consultant, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Call for Nominations! NCJFCJ's 2017 Justice Innovation Awards


The 3rd Annual Justice Innovation Awards will take place during the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges' (NCJFCJ) 80th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. at the Grand Hyatt, July 16-19, 2017.
During the conference, the NCJFCJ will recognize honorees who innovatively rethink, reimagine and redefine justice for children and families, thus advancing the NCJFCJ’s vision—a society in which every family and child has access to fair, equal, effective and timely justice.
The NCJFCJ Justice Innovation Awards will present the following two awards:

Nevada Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces Public Meeting: Municipal Fines and Fees in Nevada


Las Vegas, NV – The Nevada Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will convene a series of panel discussions to determine whether municipal fines and fees disparately impact federally protected communities in the state, and, if so, what steps can be taken to remedy the impact.

First 100 Days: Recommendations for the New Administration

To: President-elect Donald Trump
From: Joey Orduna Hastings, Chief Executive Officer, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

BIA Releases Updated Guidelines for Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act

U.S. Department of Justice Public Safety Funding Available to Federally-Recognized Tribes and Tribal Consortia

The Department of Justice today announced the opening of the grant solicitation period for comprehensive funding to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public safety, victim services and crime prevention.  The department’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) posts today at

Final ICWA Regulations Focusing on Family Unification

Last week, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) released binding regulations on the implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). This marks the first time the agency has offered comprehensive enforceable regulations since the passage of the act in 1978. The BIA will be providing regional training opportunities and webinars to provide education on these regulations before it goes into effect in December.

NCJFCJ Joins Forces with the National American Indian Court Judges Association


School-Justice Partnership Institute

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is currently accepting applications to attend and participate in the School-Justice Partnership Institute. The Institute is a two-day event open to multidisciplinary teams who are in the early stages of building a school-justice collaborative team. The goal of the Institute is to educate on school-justice issues broadly and how to collaborate to reduce the number of youth pushed out of school and into the juvenile justice system. Teams accepted will receive funding to cover travel, lodging, and per diem.

NCJFCJ Hosts First-Ever Tribal Court Focused Child Abuse & Neglect Institute