Topic Archive: Tribal / Native American Youth

Special Initiative: Tribal Youth

The Special Initiative uses the term “tribal youth,” which refers to American Indian and Alaska Native youth. Although decisions of the United States Supreme Court that afford a constitutional right to counsel for youth are not binding on tribal nations, these decisions provide persuasive and compelling arguments  for the importance of legal representation for all…

Tribal/Native American Youth

American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) youth face unique challenges when they come into contact with the juvenile justice system. Unlike the majority of youth charged with delinquency offenses and prosecuted in state courts, AI/AN youth may be prosecuted in three distinct justice systems: federal, state, or tribal, and are subject to transfer to adult…