Tribal-State Court Engagement & Collaboration: A Joint Jurisdiction Model

December 19, 2012

12:00 pm PST (1:00 pm MST, 2:00 pm CST, 3:00 pm EST)

Presenters: Honorable Korey Wahwassuck, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Tribal Court; Honorable John P. Smith, Cass County District Court, Minnesota

This webinar will focus on how tribal courts and state courts can work together to help children and families who experience the child welfare system. An example of a tribal-state joint jurisdiction court will be shared which has inspired others to begin to work together in innovative ways. The Cass/Itasca County/Leech Lake Tribal Wellness Court is the first tribal-state joint jurisdictional court in the U.S., serving as a model for intergovernmental cooperation. The court has been honored with the Harvard Honoring Nations Award, National Association of Drug Court Professionals Cultural Proficiency Courage Award 2012 and Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award by the National Criminal Justice Association, and 2012 County Achievement Award from the Association of Minnesota Counties.

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