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Shaping Brighter Futures with American Indian, Alaska Native Youth and Tribal Communities
Strengthening Resilience, Promoting Healing, Restoring Culture

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Presented: Online/Virtual
Dates: March 29 - April 2, 2021

Description of Event: The 2021 OJJDP Tribal Virtual National Conference is a free five-day virtual conference that's open to everyone! Registration will be launching soon. Check back for more details about the conference and an exciting agenda featuring sessions to support Tribal Youth Programs, Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts, and more. Presented in partnership with the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, The Resource Basket, National Native Children's Trauma Center, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
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Cost:  Free
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Archived Events:


FY2020 CTAS New Grantee Orientation
Event Dates: This is a multi-day event- December 2-3, 2020 and December 8-9, 2020
Attendance:Required for all FY2020 CTAS grant recipients.
Description of Event:The FY2020 CTAS New Grantee Orientation sessions will include what you need to know to successfully manage your grant, build community engagement, plan and sustain programs, report on grant activities, access the new JustGrants system, fraud awareness, best practices for grant award implementation in a virtual environment, and more. Individual purpose area information sessions will provide an overview of general requirements, points of contact, and resources and technical assistance available. 
AgendaIconFY2020 CTAS New Grantee Orientation Agenda (794.4 KB)  



Please register online for the 2020 CTAS New Grantee Orientation at: (click on “Register”)
Need help registering for this event? Please call (855) 866-2582 or email
For step by step registration instructions, please click here.


10th Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Enhancement Training
(September 28 - October 2, 2020)

The Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Virtual Enhancement Training is a tribal-specific national training for tribal problem-solving courts. The Virtual Enhancement Training features Wellness Court best practices and innovative strategies. ​The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) is pleased to offer four tracks in this year's curriculum. The Tribal Youth Resource Center is coordinating the Juvenile Track:

  • General Wellness Courts
  • Juvenile Wellness Courts
  • Veterans Courts
  • Law Enforcement's Role

The Training will be oriented around the Tribal Ten Key Components and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)National Drug Court Standards.

The Enhancement Training focuses upon tribal issues, including jurisdictional and legal issues unique to Indian Country; the incorporation of custom and tradition into the phases, case management, treatment curriculums, and tangential services; and the peer-to-peer sharing of successful Healing to Wellness Courts models in operations. Training topics will cover the adult criminal, juvenile delinquency, family dependency, DWI/DUI, and veterans models.

The Enhancement Training is free to all participants. A digital copy of all training materials, including publications, handouts and session PowerPoint presentations, will be available on the virtual training space and available to all attendees at after the event. You can view 2012-2019 presentation materials at our Prior Materials page. 

Register for the Enhancement Training at this link:


9th AnnualHealing to Wellness Court Enhancement Training
September 10-12, 2019
Palm Springs, California


The Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Enhancement Training ("Enhancement Training") is a tribal-specific national training for tribal problem-solving courts. The Enhancement Training features wellness court best practices and innovative strategies. Training topics will cover adult criminal, juvenile delinquency, family dependency, DWI/DUI, and veterans models. This training is free and open to all. Learn more by visiting 

FY2018 Tribal Grantee Strategic Planning Meeting
April 23-24, 2019

 San Diego, California


The OJJDP Tribal Grantee Strategic Planning Meeting is a free training for all FY 2018 OJJDP Tribal Youth Programs and Tribal Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court grantees. The strategic planning training is designed to support tribes to develop a strategic plan that will enhance their capacity to develop, expand, improve, and/or maintain their juvenile justice continuum with a particular focus on improving outcomes for tribal youth. In accordance with the Policy and Guidance for Conference Approval, Planning and Reporting, this event is approved. Conference ID: OJJDP042319CA01

If you have any questions, please contact your assigned TLPI Tribal Youth Programs Training and Technical Assistant Program Specialist or email


MEETING AGENDA: Click  HERE  to download a full meeting agenda. Visit the Strategic Planning Meeting to download meeting materials:


2018 National Tribal Youth Conference
December 3-4, 2018

Agua Caliente Reservation, Coachella Valley, California

The OJJDP Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center is proud to announce the 2018 National Tribal Youth Conference to occur December 3-4, 2018 with the theme, "Reclaiming the Sacred Circle: Justice and Healing for Tribal Youth through Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment." The event will be held on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, California. The meeting is a national gathering of OJJDP Tribal youth program and Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court grantees and other intervention, prevention and court-based programs serving Tribal Youth. This conference will be coordinated by the Indian Country Child Trauma Center through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. 

This multi-track event will provide participants with the opportunity to engage with Nationally recognized experts in the fields of Tribal juvenile justice, connect with other court-based programming, delinquency prevention, intervention and community based efforts, and learn about strategies to support and promote safety in Tribal communities. 

This conference has received Federal  Approval. 

Save The Date Flyer

Event Registration: Registration will remain open online through Wednesday November 21, 2018. On-site registration will be available December 3, 2018 starting 7:30 a.m.   Link 

Lodging Information:Conference attendees should contact the Hilton to make hotel reservations. Participants can call 1-760-320-6868 or click this link. A block code has been provided for OJJDP Tribal Grantees via email. Please check with your OJJDP point of contact for the block code or email us at if you did not receive a notification of the block code. You must book prior to November 18, 2018 cutoff date to receive the reduced conference rate of $109.00 per night. Please note that the conference lodging will require a deposit upon reservation. 

Conference Agenda:  Check out the 2018 National Tribal Youth Conference Brochure  for a complete meeting agenda, track descriptions and session overviews! Check out the  Conference Agenda Overview  as needed for quick review of session title and times. 

NEW! Speaker Biographies : Learn more about all of the great speakers that will present at the 2018 National Tribal Youth Conference. 

NEW! Conference Materials: Click on the presentation to download a copy of the session materials. Materials will be uploaded as they are provided to us by the presenter. Following the conference, session materials may also be requested via email at 

Day 1: 

Plenary Presentation Day 1:
Carlos Rivera "

From Grieving to Believing, A Brother's Story "

Johanna Farmer and Annette Leyva
The Building of a Youth Diversion Program

Cortney Yarholar
Integrating Financial Management Skills Training into Juvenile Justice Programming

Mark Espinosa and Carrie Greene
Caring for Native Youth with Substance Use Disorders

Elizabeth Santiago and Desiree Robertson
Mentoring for Inspiration and Action

Logan Tootle
 Coming Home: Understanding and Addressing Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Native Communites 

Daniel Dickerson
Drum-Assisted Recovery Therapy for Native Americans (DARTNA)

Danica Brown
We are Native: Harnessing Technology to Improve Health Outcomes for Native American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

Erin Thin Elk and Kris Miner SchweigertBuilding Cohesion and Community Collectives- Tribal Youth Circle

Evan Elkin, Dolores Subia Bigfoot, Chantel Cloud
Screening and Assessment to Support Tribal Youth- Creating Culturally Relevant Tools and Resources

Day 2:
Christoper Cuestas

Youth Violence Reduction Causes and Cessation

Whitney Gravelle, Candace LeBlanc, Joshua Hudson
Creating Connections for Youth through Culture, Court, and Club

Chantel Cloud, Tiffany Jackson, Shelley Kaleak, Tracy Benson, Anna Rangel Clough
Perspectives on Development of Tribal Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court- Panel Discussion and Peer Dialogue



Exhibitors:  Limited exhibitor space is available. Please email for information related to exhibitor space. 


OJJDP 2018 Biennial National Tribal Youth Conference
Community Leadership Commendations

The OJJDP Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center looks forward to recognizing the outstanding leadership efforts and impactful work taking place in communities across Indian country. Nominate a leader from your community who is making impact in the lives of Tribal youth.  You can also nominate youth who shows a promising commitment to community leadership. The honorees will be recognized at the 2018 Biennial National Tribal Youth Conference in December 2018. You can learn more about this exciting opportunity to honor a youth or adult leader from your community here:  Tribal Youth Conference Honoree Doc