Black's Law Dictionary defines the word "code" as a systematic collection ... Tribal Legal Code Resource: Tribal Laws Implementing TLOA Enhanced Sentencing and VAWA Enhanced Jurisdiction Guide for Drafting or Revising Tribal Laws to Implement the Enhanced Sentencing Provisions of the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) and the Special Jurisdiction Provisions of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization of 2013 (VAWA 2013) This resource provides guidance for tribes who are interesting in implementing the enhanced sentencing provisions in TLOA and/or the special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians provisions in VAWA 2O13. Unless otherwise noted, the term Tribal Code refers to an individual Indian Nation's compilation of their laws. consolidated and classified by subject matter." The individual codes linked and referenced here are tribal laws organized by subject matter.
Students in the clinic work in teams of 2 or 3 under the supervision of a full-time Indian law professor to respond to specific requests pertaining to tribal codes (statutes), regulations, court rules, and other documents.
Each project is custom-designed for the needs of the tribal nation.
Our clinic has a special emphasis on criminal law, but we welcome projects on any subject area.
Examples of projects include: Revisions to a tribal domestic violence code to include dating violence; Drafting a new elder abuse code; and Updating tribal criminal laws to be compliant with the Tribal Law and Order Act and the Violence Against Women Act.
The resource contains five sections and fourteen chapters.
Part I provides an overview of the statutes, background, and considerations in deciding whether to implement.Parts II, II, and IV examine in more detail the requirements tribes must meet in order to exercise the powers recognized by TLOA and VAWA 2013. provides links to relevant online resources and a model tribal code.The Tribal Codewriting Clinic at William Mitchell College of Law provides free code-writing and revision services for tribal nations.Our philosophy is focused on tribal sovereignty and self-determination.We work on crafting language that reflects a tribal nation's unique needs, strengths, and culture.We will provide you with a final product that is tailored to the needs of your tribe; we do not produce cookie-cutter codes.