In order to assure that Tribal children and the children of Tribal employees receive the support that is available to them, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians has partnered with the State of Washington Division of Child Support (DCS) to assist in the enforcement of child support obligations.
Kalispel Tribe Victim Assistance Services
The Mission of the Kalispel Tribe Victim Assistance Services programs are committed to ending violence through empowerment, leadership, individual and systemic advocacy, education, and social change. We believe all persons should be treated with equality, dignity and fairness, and have the right to culturally sensitive services delivered with integrity and compassion to sustain safety and self-sufficiency for all victims, towards positive growth and development of the community as a whole.
The Kalispel Tribe Victim Assistance Services programs envision a society that stands together to end violence, one that empowers individuals and promotes respect for the privacy, diversity and dignity of all people.
SERVICES AND RESOURCES
- Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault (DV/SA) Advocacy
- Legal Advocacy
- Medical Advocacy for victims of domestic violence / sexual assault
- Information and referral
- Community Education and Outreach
- Support Groups
- Referral to counseling services
- Victim of Crimes Services
All services are confidential and available to men, women and children in Usk, Cusick and Airway Heights Washington.
Cusick Office (24 hrs):
(509) 447-7155 or (877) 700-7125
Airway Heights Office (24 hrs):
(509) 789-7671 or (509) 700-7125
Pend Oreille Valley CASA Program
The Pend Oreille Valley CASA Program is committed to providing every dependent child, within our jurisdictions, a voice through qualified Court Appointed Special Advocates/Guardian Ad Litems (CASA/GAL) through recruitment, screening, supervision and cross-cultural training. All of our CASA/GAL volunteers shall be well-trained and compassionate advocates for these children, who are our future.
Every child deserves a safe and loving home. Our vision is to ensure that every child that comes before our courts, under either federal or state law, has a trained and dedicated Special Advocate to promote healthy outcomes for them by helping to secure a safe and permanent home in which they can thrive for a positive future.
- Concerned community members with energy and compassion to address the needs of children and youth in the court system.
- Will receive training and support.
- Gather information and present a fact based report to the Judge, which reflects what is in the best interest of the child.
- Help the Judge make an informed decision about the child’s placement and future.
- Stay with a child’s case, supporting the child, until the case is closed.
With a CASA at their side, children know there is one special person who will be there for them that will help them find a safe, loving permanent home where their culture is honored.
- If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, learning more about what CASAs do or want to donate to the Pend Oreille Valley CASA program, click here.
- Click here to report your training.
- Click here to report mileage and volunteer hours.
To help our youth become well and whole through family, culture and community.
To empower our youth now, so they can become Tribal leaders with cultural wisdom, integrity, strength and wellness for their future.
The Juvenile Justice Coordinator provides intervention and outreach services for Kalispel Tribal and Native American Community Members residing in Pend Oreille and Spokane Counties towards prevention of juvenile delinquent actions and potential criminal activity.
Encourage individual responsibility for life choices and demanding respect for one another and the laws & code of the Kalispel Tribe People.
To empower court involved individuals so they will be positive role models in the Community and contribute to the Tribe’s future through cultural wisdom, strength and wellness.
Gunnar Watson (509) 447-7172
Kalispel Tribe Records Division
The Kalispel Records Division is a service offered as a result of the Tribe’s use of the FullCourt Case Management System. The records are kept separate from the Court’s records but are maintained to the same strict standards and are only accessible by authorized individuals. The Records Division was setup at no additional cost to the tribe’s limited resources and provides for a safe secure and neutral place to store your private personal documents so you can be sure that when you need them you can find them.
We scan and preserve community records, including estate documents, deeds, titles, Marriage Certificates and other important documents.
Monday -Thursday 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Court Clerk window.
Kalispel Tribe Finger Printing
This resource consists of an inkless “livescan” Finger Print capture device and an FBI certified high definition Xerox laser printer. Currently, at no cost to the Tribe, we offer the following finger print services:
- Employment Fingerprint Cards
- Amnesia Victim Fingerprint Cards
- Child Fingerprint scans for Child ID kit (missingkids.com)
- FBI 10-Print
- SORNA Registration
- FBI Applicant
The fingerprint scanners have allowed for the Tribe’s HR department to have employee’s fingerprints scanned on the reservation, at no cost to the employee, further strengthening Tribal sovereignty and more efficiently utilizing the Tribe’s resources that already exist.
Monday -Thursday 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Call for an appointment: 509-447-7131
Kalispel Tribe Justice Systems Strategic Plan
Equine Therapy and Horsemanship Project
Last summer, Federal grant funding allowed the Tribal Court to offer a four-week horsemanship program for Tribal and Community youth. Three days a week, youth were able to participate in a carefully selected curriculum aimed at establishing emotional and cultural bonds with the animals, developing basic horsemanship skills, and improving confidence and self-esteem. Efforts are currently underway to secure infrastructure funding to allow this type of program to operate permanently on Reservation lands.
To provide an alternative means of addressing issues of juvenile delinquency and misconduct, the Tribal Court partnered with the Cusick School District to form a Youth Court program. Youth Court is a pre-diversion alternative that allows youth to take an active role in holding their peers accountable in a positive and productive manner while learning about the justice system through hands-on experience. Youth Court is currently recruiting students from grades 7 through 12 to participate in pre-service training and become active Youth Court members.
To provide free legal services to Tribal and Community Members, the Kalispel Court, Legal Department and Gonzaga University Legal Assistance are collaborating to implement a Kalispel Legal Advice Clinic.
In the fall of 2012, the Kalispel Tribal Court received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice under the Consolidated Tribal Assistance Solicitation #2 to support a comprehensive planning effort for the tribal justice system, which the Kalispel Tribe defines as the Kalispel Tribal Court and the Department of Public Safety. A planning committee was formed comprised of members of the Planning Department, Kalispel Tribal Court, Kalispel Department of Public Safety and several members of the Kalispel Reservation community and tribal members. A consultant was hired to facilitate the planning process.
Seven separate trends were identified by the Kalispel Community which led to the emergence of eight distinct goals. Those seven trends are:
- The breakdown in family
- The Tribal Court’s lack of responsiveness to the community
- A strengthening community
- Poor communication
- The growing importance of culture
- Positive trends in youth
- Healing the wounds of historical trauma
The goals arising from those trends were identified as:
- United, strong, committed, conflict free families that withstand peer pressure and have a strong sense of identity and belonging
- United community
- Kalispel Culture Committee is central to the Kalispel Tribal Court, and to all departments
- Traditional Kalispel Culture is central to all aspects of community life
- Improved intra-tribal communications/interpersonal communications
- Women’s civil rights advocate
- Youth are educated on a holistic approach and balance in the four areas of emotional, spiritual, mental and physical
Towards a self-governing, non-dependent, self-reliant, sovereign tribe
Monday -Thursday 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Strategic Plan Coordinator 509-447-7126