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The Yakutat Tlingit Tribal Court was established in 2019 to provide a victim-centered and healing-focused avenue for Yakutat Tlingit Tribal members to address their justice needs. The Tribal Court aims to provide judicial services, healing circles, and diversion programs based on local customs and traditions. The Tribe believes that this approach leads to better outcomes of healing for both victims and perpetrators. The types of cases that can potentially be heard in Tribal Court are ICWA, Probate, NAGPRA, Realty, Domestic Violence, and Drug/ Alcohol Violations.

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Yakutat Tlingit Tribal Court   |   606 Forest Hwy. 10   |   P.O. Box 418, Yakutat, AK 99689

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phone: 907-784-3238 ext. 

Sierra Donohue
email: sdonohue@ytttribe.org
phone: 907-784-3238 ext. 109
mobile: 907-410-7399

crime victim advocate

At present, within the Tribe and in our community, there are no services or programs offered whose primary focus is on victims of crime. Rather, all of the current programs are focused on prevention. Services aimed at victims of crime, suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, trauma-related, and mental health promotion activities happening in the community for young people and their families are very limited or non-existent.

Elder abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, and substance abuse are major issues Yakutat faces on a daily basis. Clearly, there is a need to offer consistent and meaningful support not only to youth but everyone in our community who are susceptible to these kinds of injustices.

Through the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program, the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe is able to hire a full-time Crime Victim Advocate, who will provide crisis intervention, resources, in-home client visits, and referrals to victims of crime. The Tribe ensures that the program will be tailor made to the current and future needs of Yakutat and our tribal members instead of using a cookie-cutter one-size-fits-all approach, in order to serve crime victims appropriately.

domestic violence advocate

Currently, there is significant statewide effort to reduce violence against women. This is being addressed at the state level with the submission of bills concerning assault and sex offenses. Although these bills do not specifically target American Indian/ Alaska Native victims, Alaska Native women account for more than half of all sexual assault victims within the state.

Regional data also reveals that over 50% of women have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both in their lifetime. These efforts are supported by local data, as well. The main focus is to address violence against Native Alaskan women issues within Yakutat, specifically targeting Assault and Domestic Violence.

The Domestic Violence Advocate will spearhead the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Project, which aims to remedy the current local situation by enhancing the Tribe’s ability to respond to violent crimes against Indian women, promote victim safety, and develop education and prevention strategies.

The goal of this project is to increase tribal capacity and empower our own community with resources and tools that will allow us to understand and address violence against Alaska Native women. The Tribe believes it is vitally important that these issues are addressed at the tribal level with special regard to traditional and cultural views.

Crime Victim Shelter / Safe House

The Yakutat Tlingit Tribe sends our heartfelt thanks to our partner organizations SEALASKA, Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, and the Yak Tat Kwaan, Inc. for their generous donations that made our vision of building a Crime Victim Shelter/ Safe House in Yakutat a reality! 

The Safe house will focus on providing safe shelter to victims of crime who need a supportive and safe environment to transition from surviving to thriving. The community of Yakutat has never had a domestic violence shelter in the past, and the need for it has never been greater.

Our goal is to help create a place where we support victims and survivors, families, and communities to collectively nurture a vision where all individuals feel safe and are valued.

Alaska ranks the highest in the nation in nearly all statistics for domestic violence abuse. Nearly 60 percent of Alaska’s women have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both.

By building this shelter, we can help create better outcomes for both the victim and the perpetrator in hopes of breaking the cycle of domestic violence, sexual assault and the negative effects that come from these acts. This ‘House of Healing’ shelter will also ensure that locals have access to relevant wellness training opportunities and other resources.

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