Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) is underwriting a major UAA Justice Center initiative to address Alaska Native justice issues and problems associated with crime and administration of justice. CIRI has awarded $200,000 for applied research, program development, education and training.
The four major goals of the project are:
1. To increase understanding of Native justice issues and enhance greater fairness in justice processes affecting Alaska Natives by developing and implementing an education agenda.
2. To improve the justice system by increasing the number of Native employees and to sensitize policy-making officials and non-Native employees regarding cross-cultural issues.
3. To strengthen institutions, particularly those involving public safety, which affect Alaska Natives and Native communities.
4. To identify Native problems with justice institutions and potential remedies
for those problems by establishing information gathering processes, filing systems,
and analytical and dissemination routines.