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Participating Tribes

CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBE

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, located in central South Dakota, is home to the four bands (Tiospaye) of the Titunwan People of the Plains: The Mnikoju (Planters by the Water), Owohe Nupa (Two Kettle), Itazipa Cola (Without Bows), and Siha Sapa (Black Foot).

Project Vision: To provide a culturally appropriate, comprehensive and strategic juvenile justice diversion program that maximizes available resources throughout the government and community to empower youth and their families to promote wellness and capacity to thrive.

THE COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES

The Colorado River Indian Tribes, located along the Colorado River on both the Arizona and California side, is home to four distinct tribes: The Mohave, Chemehuevi, Hopi and Navajo.

Project Vision: To create a youth-centered diversion program that promotes a new path for the youth that focuses and relies on family and community involvement and the unique cultural traditions and values of the four tribes.

THE FORT PECK ASSINIBOINE AND SIOUX TRIBES

The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, located on the Northeastern corner of Montana is home to members of two bands: The Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes.

Project Vision: The Fort Peck Tribes envision a preventative measure for our youth to not get involved in the Juvenile Justice System.

LOWER BRULE SIOUX TRIBE

The Kul Wicasa Oyate (Lower Brule Sioux), located in central South Dakota, is home to members of the Sicangu (Burnt Thigh), one of the bands of the Lakota Tribe.

Project Vision: To heal our broken youth so they become future leaders and model citizens who contribute back to the tribe.

RED LAKE NATION

Red Lake Nation, home to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, is one of the few completely sovereign reservations in the United States and is the only “closed reservation” in Minnesota.

Project Vision: To continue our tradition of working to help our youth heal and feel safe, offering them the tools to live a better life, and enable them to flourish within our community by developing a program using both traditional and contemporary methods to divert and reduce recidivism of Red Lake youth with behavioral challenges.

THE SAN CARLOS APACHE TRIBE

The San Carlos Apache Tribe, located in Southeastern Arizona, is home to approximately 15,650 members of the Apache tribe.

Project Vision: The San Carlos Apache Tribe hopes to do all that we can to keep our children out of the juvenile justice system. We hope to promote a juvenile justice culture shift to prevent children from entering the juvenile justice system, in order to prevent and break intergenerational justice involvement.

THE SHOSHONE-BANNOCK TRIBES

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, located on the Fort Hall Reservation in southeast Idaho, is home to approximately 5,681 tribal members.

Project Vision: To improve the well-being of our native youth and families by providing them with strengths-based services and supports that will connect them to their culture and community through the development and implementation of diversion policies and programs for our youth with behavioral health issues. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribe is committed to creating a front-end diversion policy that is contemporary without compromising culture, reduces the recidivism rate of juveniles, and empowers youth to be leaders, identify with their tribe, and be successful individuals in the community. We hope to create a diversion program that is community oriented, resulting in balance in the community and drawing on the strength of the family and the guidance of our elders.

UTE MOUNTAIN UTE

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, located in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico, is home to approximately 1,400 members of the Ute Mountain people.

Project Vision: To provide our youth and families with culturally relevant, holistic services and supports derived from effective screening through meaningful Tribal community collaboration based on a multi-disciplinary approach and coordinated through a single point of contact.