Chippewa Cree Tribal Court Programs

Chippewa Cree Tribal Court Programs


PROBATION OFFICERS - Cameron Jilot & Lane CapletTe

Conduct intake assessments to include juvnenile Assessment Intervention System (JAIS) & Correctional Assessment Intervention System (CAIS). Scheduled any further assessments necessary to determine individual needs. Directs collection of data relating to each participant who is relevant in determining the types of services needed such as judicial record, school progress/attendance, health records, etc. Establish a schedule or timeframe for the participant to meet all requirements of the alternative sentence. (e.g. curfew, victim restitution, counseling, educational plan, community service, participation in training, cultural mentoring, etc.) Establish a set of sanctions which will be imposed for noncompliance to plan. Establish a set of incentives for each level of compliance achieved by the participant. Establish schedule for family involvement in the counseling, training and progress review. Responsible for the development of Probation policies and procedures and methods to insure that appropriate services are provided to each participant. May require the scheduling of other resources such as mental health program. Ensure individual counseling sessions with the participant are completed on a weekly basis until sufficient progress is recorded. Group counseling may include peer, family and group sessions.Responsible for establishing and monitoring of alternative sentencing options for each participant such as: Moral Reconation Therapy to include referring clients to educational settings and employment training. Responsible for establishing and monitoring of ancillary services to be provided to build competencies. Activities may include: Family strengthening activities, Cultural mentoring program, Responsible for establishing and maintaining individual case management records for each participant. Responsible for submitting weekly reporting on the status of each participant to the measure compliance to alternative sentence activities. Noncompliance will be reported immediately to allow the staffing team to discuss planned sanctions and other corrective actions with the presiding judge. Develop and implement Data Base system for baseline information. Implement Monthly Reporting system.

Tribal Re-Entry Program Coordinator Stormy Adams & Compliance Officer Krisanne Billy

The Coordinator will be responsible for the implementation of the activities in pursuit of the objectives of the Tribal Re-Entry project objectives. The Tribal Re-Entry Project will address the identified gaps by:
1) developing and implementing a tribal reentry program for individuals reentering the community;
2) entering into formal partnerships with identified state, federal, and local partners who will work with us to provide necessary services to participants; and
3) providing individualized, comprehensive reentry services to individuals reentering the community. To
The CCT will develop the following goal and measurable objectives:
The goal of the CCT Tribal Reentry Program is to develop and implement a comprehensive and collaborative Tribal Reentry Program that will successfully reintegrate incarcerated individuals into the community and reduce recidivism.
Objective 1: The CCT will develop at least four (4) formal, collaborative partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies to increase the capacity of the Tribe to develop and implement the CCT Tribal Reentry Program as measured by signed partnership agreements and project records.
Objective 2: The CCT Tribal Reentry Program will provide a network of reentry services (mentoring, behavioral health, housing, educational, substance abuse treatment and recovery support) to at least 15 individuals annually who are incarcerated or reentering the Rocky Boy community as measured by participant case records and project records.
Objective 3: During the same project period, at least 80% of individuals who participate in the CCT Tribal Reentry Program will achieve a positive reentry outcome as measured by individualized case management plans and project records.
The Project Coordinator will: meet weekly with probation staff.
 Will be responsible for the development of appropriate case records system, policies, and procedures for the collection of documents to ensure that each participant’s case record is complete.
 Incumbent will be responsible for the development of a responsive and prompt referral
process for participants who will include screening contract for admission, history of
offenses and determination that the individual is clinically appropriate for the program.
 Will work with compliance officer to track client progress and implement compliance checks.
 Will be responsible for the establishment of FullCourt data set and record data.
 Incumbent will generate regular reports from data collection for review and measurement
of progress for overall case management and individual case progress.
 Will review confidentiality requirements and conformance procedures with all clients.
 Incumbent will develop appropriate case management assessments and monitor
 Incumbent will consult with all social services, health, education, and other personnel who have had prior professional contacts to determine treatment plan.

Public Defenders - Darmon Trahant & Ted Koop

Counsel tribal members as to their rights. Advise tribal members in matters pertaining to their defense. Serve as defense counsel for adults. Provides legal counsel and representation to adults accused of criminal offenses and juveniles accused of delinquent acts. Examines evidence and prepares and presents cases for the defense in criminal actions / delinquency actions. Review police reports. Draft motions, legal memorandums, and other pleadings. Conducts client and witness interviews File pretrial motions. Identifies appropriate sentencing alternatives for clients and assists with getting clients into treatment. Appear in court on a daily basis. Ability to argue legal positions effectively and persuasively, recognize, formulate and implement viable case defense theories, investigations and litigation strategies. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, multi-task, prioritize assignments, and remain organized.

Children's Court

Children’s Court Family Advocate/Counselor - Sunny Whalawitsa

Identifies and develops resources on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation designed to enhance each Tribal child’s potential as a valuable member of the Tribal community; Refrains from testifying against children. Write child-focused reports for court hearings. Make recommendations in the child's best interests. Testify, when needed, to support recommendations or inform the court of changes in the child's situation. Contacts the child’s parent, guardian or custodian immediately and at a recurring effort to inform legal guardians that the child has been taken into custody and then releases the child to the parent, guardian or custodian unless detention or shelter care is immediately necessary. In the event the child is not released to the parent, guardian, or custodian assists with arrangement to place the child in detention or shelter care pending the preliminary inquiry. In the event the child is not released to the parent, guardian, or custodian explores alternative pre-adjudication custody arrangements and prepares recommendations for temporary care and custody for presentation at the preliminary inquiry; Notifies the child and the parent, guardian, or custodian of hearing date, time and place; Notifies the child that they may not be a witness against, nor incriminate himself; Responsible for counseling juvenile delinquents in group sessions as well as individually.

Like other forms of youth counseling, this involves discussion of the subject's personal life and feelings, though in correctional work emphasis is placed on specific deviant behavior. While typical issues such as self-image and family relationships are often discussed, the Children's Court Counselor must be prepared to deal with extreme situations that can involve dangerously criminal behavior, drug and alcohol abuse and sexual abuse. Not limited to basic counseling; must facilitate Moral Reconation Therapy and Interactive Journaling.  The ultimate goal is to rehabilitate the child in question. Responsible for acting as liaisons and working with family members, teachers, medical professionals and parole officers, along with anyone else related to the case, to plan and structure a therapeutic program that's tailored to fit the offender's needs. These programs typically include a firm set of rules to govern the child's behavior, as well as a series of well-established goals and objectives that will help the offender work towards. Reviews the child’s progress every thirty (30) days until 18 years of age; Assists with placing a child in shelter care only in the event a complaint is filed in accordance with Section 6.1 of the Code; Consults with child’s parents and all social services, health, education and other personnel who have had prior professional contacts with the child and his parents, guardian or custodian to determine whether termination of parent right is consistent with the best interests of the child. The counselor may review any of the child’s previous Children’s Court records; Prepares written reports containing the professional opinion of all personnel with whom he/she has consulted. The report shall be presented to the Children’s Court at least five (5) days before a termination hearing;