TMCC Program to Improve Courts, Legal Systems

Feb 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 20-3: Tribal Athletes Fight for Their Place, Tribal College News

The U.S. Department of Justice has released $482,363 in federal funding for programs at the University of North Dakota and Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC, Belcourt, ND). “The funding will support programs to increase the number of Native American lawyers and enhance training in the tribal courts,” according to a joint statement by U.S. Senators Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad and U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy.

“More Native American lawyers and improved training will enable tribes to focus on the specific problems within their courts and develop localized solutions. With these programs, North Dakota is taking a pro-active approach to tribal courts, and we commend both UND and TMCC for their efforts.”

Turtle Mountain Community College will receive $212,408 to support and strengthen tribal justice programs. The funding provide legal studies education to Native American students, transitioning the existing “Project Peacemaker” into a permanent program, “TMCC Legal Studies – Indians into Law.” It will also develop the TMCC Tribal Justice and Policy Center, which will tailor strategies to improve the tribal justice system. With these programs the Turtle Mountain Community College will address the lack of Native American lawyers and increase the overall tribal members’ knowledge of the law.

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