Tribal-State Programs

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The description of the programs below represent efforts by individual trial courts to enhance access to justice throughout the state. If you are looking for specific information on federal Indian law, check out Toolkit on Federal Indian Law or visit our tribal/state programs online.  

Access to Justice – State Court Hears Cases on Tribal Lands, Humboldt Superior Court and Hoopa Valley Tribal Court
Local superior court collaborates with tribal court to hear superior court cases involving tribal and nontribal members on the reservation.

CASA Volunteer Cross Assignment Appointments in Tribal and State Court - Imperial Superior Court and the Quechan Tribal Court
The Quechan Tribal Court and Imperial Superior Court CASA Volunteer Appointments program allows for CASA volunteers to be sworn in by the tribal court and the state court, who can follow a child despite the separate jurisdictions of the two courts.

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Stakeholders Roundtable
A stakeholders' roundtable created to bring together all Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) stakeholders in Los Angeles for quarterly meetings in an effort to improve relations, increase effective communication, work on collaborative projects, improve long standing issues, and overall provide better potential outcomes for Native American families.

Protocol for Registering Tribal Court Protective Orders - El Dorado County Superior Court and Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court
The El Dorado Superior Court, the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court, and the El Dorado Sheriff’s Department, developed a joint protocol that enabled all tribal protective orders (DVPA and civil harassment) be entered into the California Restraining and Protective Orders System (CARPOS) through the California Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (CLETS) just as a state court order would be.

Tribal Alliance - Riverside Superior Court
This collaboration strives to develop culturally appropriate services to minimize court and county intervention and increase tribal participation in issues involving Native American children and families.

Tribal-State Child Support Collaboration — Inyo Superior Court and Bishop Paiute Tribal Court
The Tribal-State Court Support Collaboration project facilitated the first tribal acknowledgement in the State of California, (the Bishop Paiute Tribe) that honors child support orders originating out of a California superior court.

Tribal-State Child Support Collaboration — Yurok Tribal Court with Humboldt Superior Court and Del Norte Superior Court
A consistent statewide transfer process of child support-related court cases that are currently receiving state title IV-D child support services, from the superior court to the tribal community court system.