Implementing Tribal Public Safety Codes in Alaska


With extremely limited Alaska state public safety officers in rural Alaska, tribes are increasingly interested in developing and enforcing public safety laws. This class provides sample tribal public safety code that can be modified and used by Alaska tribes.

Through the lens of exercising tribal civil jurisdiction, Alaska tribal governance expert Lisa Jaeger* will explore implementing and enforcing tribal public safety codes. We'll take a look at the establishment of a tribal department of public safety and various ways cases may be referred to tribal court, alcohol and drug regulation, disorderly conduct, theft, vandalism, juvenile status offenses, and other regulatory topics. Plus, we'll review various tribal-state agreements and restorative justice through treatment and sentencing circles.

*Subject to change.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Jurisdiction in Alaska
  • Current picture of tribal jurisdiction in Alaska
  • Civil versus criminal jurisdiction
  • Indian Civil Rights Act
Bringing Cases to the Tribal Court
  • Citations, petitions and referrals
  • Standard of proof in tribal court
Establishing a Tribal Department of Public Safety
  • Powers of the department
  • Officers of the department
  • Investigations
  • Search and seizure
  • Issuing citations
Sentencing Guidelines and Options
  • Fines
  • Community service
  • Cultural activities
  • Banishment/removal from the village
Alcohol and Drug Regulation
  • Alcohol regulation with or without a state local option law
  • Illegal drugs, marijuana and tobacco regulation
Regulating Various Topics
  • Firearms within the village
  • Traffic, land and water
  • Illegal dumping and hazardous properties
  • Animal control
  • Juvenile curfew and truancy
  • Assault, harassment, bullying and disorderly conduct
  • Trespass, theft and vandalism
Tribal State Agreements
  • Civil diversion agreements
  • Division of Juvenile Justice Agreements
  • Criminal Rule 11 Agreements
Restorative Justice
  • Principles of restorative justice
  • Restorative justice in sentencing
  • Peacemaking circles

*Topics subject to change.

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