Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Roundtable Discussion on the Tribal Law and Order Act

Capitol BuildingPublished February 24, 2o16

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, Feb. 25 at 1:30 PM EST, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) will hold a roundtable discussion on the “Tribal Law and Order Act 5 Years Later: Next Steps to Improving Justice Systems in Indian Communities.”

The roundtable will feature three panels. The first will focus on law enforcement, the second on court systems – including prosecution and defense counsel – and the third on re-entry and recidivism. The roundtable will be facilitated by the Honorable William A. Thorne, Jr., the vice-president of the National Indian Justice Center.

The SCIA previously held an oversight hearing on the “Tribal Law and Order Act – 5 Years Later: How Have the Justice Systems in Indian Country Improved?” on December 2, 2015.

DETAILS:

WHAT:     A roundtable discussion on the “Tribal Law and Order Act 5 Years

Later: Next Steps to Improving Justice Systems in Indian Communities.”

WHEN:       1:30 PM EST, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

WHERE:     216 Senate Hart Office Building

PANELISTS:

Panel I

Mr. Tracy Toulou,

Director, Office of Tribal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Jason Thompson,

Assistant Director, Office of Justice Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Accompanied by:  Mr. David Little,

Associate Director, Field Operations Directorate, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Patrick Teton,

Chief of Police, Fort Hall Police Department, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation, Fort Hall, ID

Mr. William Brunelle,

Director, Red Lake Department of Public Safety, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Red Lake, MN

Chief Patrick R. Melvin,

Chief of Police, Salt River Pima – Maricopa Indian Community Police Department, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River, Scottsdale, AZ

Mr. Ken Trottier,

Special Investigations Supervisor, Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice, Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Poplar, MT

Panel II

Mr. Tracy Toulou,

Director, Office of Tribal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Zachary Brandmeir,

Public Defender, Penobscot Indian Nation Judicial System, Penobscot Nation, Indian Island, ME

Ms. Tricia Tingle,

Associate Director, Office of Tribal Justice, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

The Honorable Alfred Urbina,

Attorney General, Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

The Honorable Ron J. Whitener,

Chief Judge of the Tulalip Tribal Court, Tulalip Tribes of Washington, Tulalip, WA

The Honorable Stacie Crawford,

Chief Judge, Fort Peck Tribal Court, Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Poplar, MT

Ms. Lisa Jaeger,

Tribal Government Specialist, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks, AK

Panel III

Dr. Mirtha Beadle,

Director, Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy, Sustance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD

Dr. Beverly Cotton,

Director, Division of Behavioral Health, Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD

Ms. Patricia Broken Leg-Brill,

Deputy Associate Director of Corrections, Office of Justice Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Tracy Toulou,

Director, Office of Tribal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

The Honorable Kami D. Hart,

Children’s Court Judge, Gila River Indian Community Court, Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Sacaton, AZ

Mr. Sprint Williams,

Case Manager, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reintegration Program, Henryetta, OK

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