Tribal Court | Native Village of Barrow

Contact:
NATIVE VILLAGE OF BARROW TRIBAL COURT
KATUK DANNER, TRIBAL COURT CLERK

Physical Address
6090 Boxer Street
Utqiagvik, AK 99723

Mailing Address
P.O. BOX 1130
BARROW, ALASKA 99723

Phone
907.852.4491 office

Fax
907.852.4494

A. Child In Need of Aid Cases are heard by Tribal Council approved Judges who decide on Orders to protect Children.

B. Tribal Youth Program Grant for $659,181. is for youth ages 18-25, to develop a steering Committee and an outreach program to assist with the prevention of alcohol & substance abuse related crimes.

C. Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court Grant for $350,000. is for youth ages 0-21 to develop P&Ps, manuals, judge bench books, screening & assessment tools, handbook, using culturally appropriate programs and to transfer cases from the State of Alaska, Department of Juvenile Justice to NVB’s Tribal Court.

D. Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Grant for $349,646. is for ages 0-18, to develop and distribute a Community Needs Assessment, programs and services to reconnect youth & families, reduce & prevent alcohol/substance abuse & related crimes.

JUVENILE COURT PROGRAM

For juveniles under 18 years of age (free - when referred by state of AK Court System for juvenille offenses).

Teaches Native Village of Barrow’s Inupiaq Traditions, Inupiaq Values, cultural heritage, Land, Language, People and Family best interest.

Territory of Tribal Court Jurisdiction:

ICWA : Indian Child Welfare Act

In July 16, 1999 Notice published in 64 Federal Register 36391-03, over which the Tribe exercises “Exclusive Jurisdiction” on ICWA; Children’s cases.

Codes

The Native Village of Barrow  Tribal Court was established in 2001 and the governing Codes were ratified in 2002.
Tribal Court is governed by the following rules called codes:

Codes currently enforced

  •               The Native Village of Barrow Iñupiat Traditional Government Tribal Judicial Code
  •               Juvenile Wellness Code
  •               Children’s Codes

Codes with future option to enforce

  •               The Native Village of Barrow Juvenile Delinquency Prevention and Rehabilitation Code
  •               The Native Village of Barrow Parental Responsibility Ordinance.

Tribal Court Judges, who are trained and qualified, render decisions in all cases; Adoptions, Guardianship, CINA, and Juvenile Wellness Court.

The Wellness Juvenile Drug Program is a therapeutic judicial process integrating cultural values and partnering with the different community agencies to effectively address drug and alcohol abuse with our juvenile members.

Juveniles who have been cited by the North Slope Borough Police Department for minor consuming (MCA) or misconduct involving a control substance (MICS) are referred by the State of Alaska District Court to Tribal Court with a signed memorandum of agreement.

Tribal Court is to establish hearings, and make findings in Adoption cases, Guardianship cases, CINA (Child in Need of Aid) cases, and the Juvenile Wellness Program.

Tribal Court can also settle civil disputes when a Juvenile member wants to bring an issue before the Tribal Court Judges by petition.

ADOPTION CASES

Cultural adoption to raise the child and the biological parents give consent;

Cultural adoption to adopt a child and the biological parents relinquish their parental rights.

Tribal Court may find that some type of harm is involved and determines the child needs aid.

JUVENILE WELLNESS COURT

Court ordered alternative treatment program for the youth. This program is for the juvenile who has been cited for minor consuming alcohol or misconduct involving a control substance.

GUARDIANSHIP

The Tribal Court has the power to appoint a guardian and; guardianship can be a result of a CINA matter; or a result of a NVB Tribal Member petitioning the Court to appoint a guardian for a child or children.

TRIBAL COURT

  • Does not hear divorce proceedings
  • Does not hear child custody disputes
  • Does not provide attorneys
  • Does not handle lawsuits involving monetary settlements
  • Does not hold criminal proceedings involving felony crimes