Tribal/State Programs

The Tribal/State Programs is a unit of the Center for Families, Children & the Courts. With federal and state funding, the Tribal-State Programs provide support and technical assistance to local courts on tribal issues and assists with the development of policies, positions, and programs to ensure the highest quality of justice and service for California‚Äôs Native American communities and serves as a liaison to those communities in cases relating to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and family violence (domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking). 

Tribal Court-State Court Forum

A Tribal Court Judge and a Judicial Council Member cochair this coalition.  Tribal and state court judges come together as equal partners to address areas of mutual concern to the state and tribal justice systems in California.  Click here to learn more.    

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

Find resources to comply with the Indian Child Welfare Act:

Family Violence 

Find resources relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking:

California Tribal Communities 

There are currently 109 federally recognized Indian tribes in California and 78 entities petitioning for recognition.  To learn more about the Native American communities in California, click here.

Tribal Justice Systems

Find information on California's Tribal Courts, resources to support tribal court development, and information on jurisdiction in Indian county:

Find My Tribal Court

Tribal Court Locations Self-Help Centers
To learn whether you have a tribal court in your county, please visit the California Tribal Courts Directory and interactive google map.

Contact Info

Administrative Office of the Courts
Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Tribal/State Programs Unit
455 Golden Gate Avenue, 6th Floor
San Francisco, California

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