Tribal Courts
Youth Program                                     CASA Program 


NATIVE VILLAGE OF BARROW TRIBAL COURT

4495 NORTH STAR ST.

P.O. BOX 1130

BARROW, ALASKA 99723

 

907-852-4491 office

907-852-4494 fax


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Fannie Suvlu, Tribal Court Administrator

 
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Aileen Frankson, Juvenile Program Coordinator

 

Territory of Tribal Court Jurisdiction:

  (ICWA : Indian Child Welfare Act)

 

In July 16, 1999 Notice published in 64 Federal Register 36391-03, over which the Tribe exercises "Exclusive Jurisdiction" on ICWA; Children's cases.

 

See Federal Register Notice Here: Exclusive Jurisdiction

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Codes

                         

The Native Village of Barrow Tribal Court was established in 2001 and the governing Codes were ratified in 2002.

   

Tribal Court is governed by the following rules called codes:

 

     Codes currently enforced:

·               The Native Village of Barrow Iñupiat Traditional Government Tribal Judicial Code

·               Juvenile Wellness Code

·               Children's Codes   

 

Codes with future option to enforce:

·               The Native Village of Barrow Juvenile Delinquency Prevention and Rehabilitation Code

·               The Native Village of Barrow Parental Responsibility Ordinance.

 

 


Tribal Court Judges, who are trained and qualified, render decisions in all cases; Adoptions, Guardianship, CINA, and Juvenile Wellness Court.  

 

The Wellness Juvenile Drug Program is a therapeutic judicial process integrating cultural values and partnering with the different community agencies to effectively address drug and alcohol abuse with our juvenile members.  

 

Juveniles who have been cited by the North Slope Borough Police Department for minor consuming (MCA) or misconduct involving a control substance (MICS) are referred by the State of Alaska District Court to Tribal Court with a signed memorandum of agreement.

 

Tribal Court is to establish hearings, and make findings in Adoption cases, Guardianship cases, CINA (Child in Need of Aid) cases, and the Juvenile Wellness Program.  

 

Tribal Court can also settle civil disputes when a Juvenile member wants to bring an issue before the Tribal Court Judges by petition.

 

 

ADOPTION CASES:  

1)   INUGUUQ ADOPTION:

      Cultural adoption to raise the child and the biological parents give consent;

 

2)   TIGUAQ ADOPTION:

      Cultural adoption to adopt a child and the biological parents relinquish their parental rights.

 

3)   CINA (Child in Need of Aid) CASES:  

      Tribal Court may find that some type of harm is involved and determines the child needs aid.

 

 

JUVENILE WELLNESS COURT:  

Court ordered alternative treatment program for the youth. This program is for the juvenile who has been cited for minor consuming alcohol or misconduct involving a control substance.  

 

GUARDIANSHIP:

The Tribal Court has the power to appoint a guardian and; guardianship can be a result of a CINA matter; or a result of a NVB Tribal Member petitioning the Court to appoint a guardian for a child or children.

 


Tribal Court:

 

·                 Does not hear divorce proceedings

 

·               Does not hear child custody disputes

 

·                 Does not provide attorneys

 

·                 Does not handle lawsuits involving monetary settlements

 

·               Does not hold criminal proceedings involving felony crimes

 

   
 

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