Native American Children Training Forum
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Since 1983, the National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) has worked to improve the quality of life in tribal communities and the administration of justice in Indian Country.  NIJC is a 100% Native governed, non-profit corporation with principle offices in Santa Rosa, California. NIJC was established through the collective efforts of the National American Indian Court Judges Association, the American Indian Lawyer Training Program, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in order to establish an independent national resource for Native communities and tribal governments.

Since its inception, NIJC has designed and conducted effective education programs for tribal governments and their courts, law enforcement, social services, medical personnel, victim assistance, transportation and other programs. We serve tribes, tribal organizations, government agencies and other interests throughout Indian country.  NIJCs expertise encompasses a variety of subjects including but not limited to alcohol and substance abuse, alternative methods of dispute resolution, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, Indian youth and family law, juvenile justice, and federal Indian law. NIJC tailors its programs to the needs of the communities it serves. For 33 years we have provided research, technical assistance, tailored training sessions, on-site consultations, distance-learning courses, tribal justice system evaluations and publications to tribal communities in the U.S. and internationally.

Project Purpose

The NACTF project seeks to assess and improve the telecommunications/information technology (IT) and training capacity of Tribes, Tribal organizations and Tribal agencies in California that provide services to Native American Children who have been abused and/or neglected, or are at risk. 

New Program Objectives FY 2018 (Year 6) includes:

 (1) Enroll 2 or more staff members at each of the 18 tribal sites in 1 NACTF online course, and 90% or more of them complete and evaluate a course
(2) Conduct 3 training sessions for 25 or more participants
(3) Revise and expand the 1 short-term and 1 mid-term existing evaluation tools to capture information about the learning outcomes of diversely experienced tribal child welfare personnel with respect to systemic trauma and use them in the training sessions;
(4) Develop a NACTF guidance webinar, conduct 2 live broadcasts of it for the18 sites/hubs and obtain a written progress report from each site/hub
(5) Revise trainee evaluation surveys and NACTF log-in credentials to capture more detailed information on trainee demographics
(6) Analyze training needs data and produce a report on training gaps

We currently have 18 tribal sites participating in our NACTF project. To view our NACTF Project Sites, click here.
To download our NACTF Brochure, please click here.

This project is supported with funding awarded by the federal Childrens Justice Act, through the California Governors Office of Emergency Services, with grant award CF15048670


This project is supported with funding awarded by the federal Children's Justice Act, through the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, with grant award CF15048670