DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES
For the NIJC Distance Learning Courses (listed below), you must enroll and receive a username and password to access the NIJC distance learning website. Click the course title that you are interested in taking. That will access the course enrollment form. Once you have subscribed, you will be e-mailed a username and password to access the course.
- How to be a Distance Learner : A distance learning classroom and social forum for Native Youth in Action program participants. The classroom curricula consists of culturally appropriate curricula on Native American educational, cultural and social issues. This information may assist NYA program participants in setting goals for their service learning activities. NYA program participants are encouraged to add information about their own communities to this distance learning curricula.
- Environmental Quality and Enforcement for California Indian Country. This course seeks to promote tribal government involvement in the environmental issues that affect them by cultivating positive government-to-government relationships between tribes and other governmental entities on cross-jurisdictional issues.
- Tribal Crisis Response Training
The purpose of this training manual is to increase effective tribal crisis response, increase the number of trauma-informed tribal crisis responders, and most importantly to help victims, survivors and tribal communities cope and recover through outreach and support. This training manual offers strategies for addressing the cultural, jurisdictional, and historical complexity of tribal communities. It is designed for tribal and non-tribal emergency responders, law enforcement and those interested in volunteering to serve on a tribal crisis response team. Participants may elect to receive future training-of-trainers support and conduct the training in their own communities.
Tribal Crash Data Online Tool
National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) is working with SafeTREC on this important tribal crash data project. The goals of the project are to:
- Reduce the number of persons killed in traffic collisions.
- Reduce the number of persons injured in traffic collisions.
- Improve traffic safety on tribal lands in California by improving quality, access, and utilization of traffic safety data.
This course is an introductory overview of the Indian Child Welfare including but not limited to: the Indian Child Welfare Act policy and intent, Adoption and ICWA, Reporting procedures in Indian Country, State court & federal responsibilities regarding implementation of ICWA, preparing an ICWA case, Abuse and Neglect and the ICWA, identifying the Indian child, Active versus Reasonable Efforts, Customary Adoption, and Expert Witnesses
Tribal Star: ICWA
The focus of the course includes: the historical, philosophical, and legal basis for the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), the origins and legacies of historic distrust and trauma, issues of fairness, equity, and the disparities experienced by Indian/Native American children and their respective families within the child welfare system, and assist the participant in understanding the fundamental concepts of culture; understand how one’s own culture affects one’s perceptions, behavior, values; and know how cultural differences and unconscious bias can affect service delivery.
ICWA Qualified Expert Witness
This course will discuss when to use an expert witness, how they can and should be used, and from what lists should be generated. The course would assist tribal representatives, advocates, community members etc, on the unique categories of expert witnesses and differentiate the various ways that Expert Witnesses can be utilized in an ICWA case. It is imperative that members of tribal councils, tribal court judges and child welfare service providers understand the application, requirements and interaction between these laws especially in developing the use of an Expert Witness.
The ICWA: Active Efforts Online Course provides an introductory overview of Active versus Reasonable Efforts under ICWA including what are active efforts, responsibilities and requirements to provide active efforts, evidentiary standards and the impact of the revised guidelines, and how to implement active efforts in an ICWA case.
The ICWA: Mandatory Reporting Online Course provides an introductory overview of Mandatory Reporting under ICWA including California law governing mandatory reporting; mandatory reporters and reportable forms of abuse; filing a report & consequences of failing to report, and mandated reporters confidentiality rights.
The ICWA: Courtroom Decorum Online Course provides strategies, approaches and recommendations to effectively prepare for successful outcomes in court appearances, testifying in court, and all interactions with the court including basic training on how to relate and speak to the judge effectively.
This course will provide training in the understanding, use, and operation of commonly utilized computer programs, distance learning tools, and various online and other tools needed for distance learning and teleconferences. Some examples may include how to develop teleconference/webinar training or conduct a teleconference meeting, using free sources like Skype, smart phones, Microsoft Office, and PDF’s to increase efficiency in work.
NICWA Positive Indian Parenting
This Positive Indian Parenting curriculum is designed to provide a brief, practical, and culturally specific training program for Indian parents. The first goal of the curriculum is to help Indian parents explore the values and attitudes expressed in traditional Indian child-rearing practices and then to apply those values to modern parenting skills.
- Preparing a Healthy Path: Planning and Implementing Tribal Adult Healing to Wellness Courts for Participants Who Have FAS/FAE: The goal of the Preparing a Healthy Path: Planning and Implementing Tribal Adult Healing to Wellness Course for Participants Who Have FAS/FAE distance learning curriculum is to increase the capacity of tribal communities nationwide to plan, implement and operate tribal adult drug courts to meet the unique needs of participants who have FAS/FAE in order to reduce crime in Indian Country.
This online course is funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Byrne Competitive Grant Program, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this online course (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided). You may also download the curriculum from our FAS Project site.
- Solid Waste Management in Indian Country: The focus of the course is
on critical issues like illegal dumping, the development and enforcement of tribal codes, jurisdictional conflicts, reduction and recycling, hazardous household waste, hazardous waste resulting from meth labs, RCRA issues and other updates on solid waste management. This course is designed for tribal elected officials, tribal environmental personnel, tribal court personnel, tribal law enforcement with the capacity to enforce tribal environmental laws, state and federal EPA personnel that work with tribes to address solid waste management issues and others interested in increasing the capacity of tribes to address solid waste management issues. To visit the the project website go to: http://www.nijc.org/SWM.html
- Highway Work Zone Safety On Tribal Lands: This course addresses the need for tribal leaders (employers) and tribal transportation personnel (employees) in California and Nevada to develop competency in OSHA and state standards and requirements and be better able to recognize hazards and integrate work zone safety considerations in planning, managing, and field operation of roadway/highway construction projects on tribal lands. This material was produced under grant SH-17819-08-60-F-6 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
- Safe Journeys: Tribal Pedestrian Road Safety Audits. This course is funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration - Accelerating Safety Activities Program (ASAP) and addresses the FAS focus area of Pedestrian Crashes by developing and providing an online educational module on tribal pedestrian road safety audits (PSAs) featuring: (1) a 7 – 10 minute case study podcast about the La Jolla Tribe’s partnership with CPHD to perform a PSA of a known trouble spot in the tribal community and the practices, lessons and outcomes generated by the PSA; (2) instructional resources including PSA guidelines and pedestrian safety countermeasures; (3) lessons designed to help users apply the information; (4) a quiz to help users test their knowledge; (5) links to TA resources; and (6) brief pre- and post-test evaluation surveys.
- Tribal Road Safety Audits. The California Department of Transportation - Environmental Justice grant program has funded the National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) to create educational resources for California tribal communities to provide them with guidelines and processes for conducting Road Safety Audits (RSA). FHWA will demonstrate how to conduct an effective RSA in a training video that will be designed to cultivate other trainers within tribal communities. A companion online course will be developed to reinforce information and concepts from the video and to foster better awareness among tribal community members of the benefits of RSAs for increasing roadway multi-modal safety.
- Tribal Traffic Safety Justice Liaison Project. A grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime to administer the Tribal Traffic Safety Justice Liaison Project. Tribal Traffic Safety Justice Liaison Project addresses the Victims of Drunk and Impaired Driving – Underserved Community topic area. Over 36-months, the National Indian Justice Center (NIJC), administrator of a Tribal Transportation Technical Assistance Program (TTAP), will develop and pilot a program that provides comprehensive training and technical assistance (TTA) resources to tribal and non-Indian justice system personnel to help them provide more effective and culturally competent services to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims of alcohol-related motor vehicles crashes. The program will be designed to be adopted by 6 other TTAPs, which are funded jointly by the Federal Highway Administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to provide transportation TTA to tribes nationally. To visit the project website go to: http://www.nijc.org/TTSJL.html
- Tribal Government Civics Course (designed by and for tribal youth): A distance learning classroom and social forum for Native Youth in Action program participants. The classroom curricula consists of culturally appropriate curricula on Native American educational, cultural and social issues. This information may assist NYA program participants in setting goals for their service learning activities. NYA program participants are encouraged to add information about their own communities to this distance learning curricula.
Communities Empowering Native Youth: Social Forum.This site provides networking opportunities and informational resources for the Communities Empowering Native Youth Project (CENY), a 2-year capacity building project for Native youth programs. CENY and this social forum serves Native youth, professionals and volunteers from Native youth serving tribal programs and community- and faith-based organizations in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties. It is created and moderated by the National Indian Justice Center (NIJC).
CENY is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans, Social and Economic Development Strategies Program Grant No. 90NA8157. NIJC administers the project in partnership with the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, Ukiah Unified School District Title VII Program and Sherwood Valley Rancheria, Koolakai Learning Center. CENY’s goal is to sustain and expand Native youth programs in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties over the long-term. The project addresses the interest of tribes, organizations and individuals in promoting activities to ensure there are adequate, sustainable and culturally-appropriate programs for Native youth in the tri-county region. To visit the project website go to: http://www.nijc.org/CENY.html
- Communities Empowering Youth: Activating Native Youth Assets. This site provides networking opportunities and informational and distance learning resources for the Activating Native Youth Assets Project.The project and this social forum site serves Native youth, tribes and professionals and volunteers from Native youth serving community- and faith-based organizations in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties. It is created and moderated by the National Indian Justice Center (NIJC).
The Activating Native Youth Assets Project is a three-year capacity building initiative funded by the Administration for Children and Families, DHHS, Compassion Capital Fund. NIJC administers the project in collaboration with the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center (CIMCC) and the Sonoma County Indian Health Project (SCIHP). The goal of the project is to build our individual and mutual organizational capacity so that we may serve as resources to help strengthen existing Native and non-Native assets for positive Native youth development in our region. To view the project website go to: http://www.nijc.org/CENY.html