TJI exists to provide assistance and support to Indian tribes nationwide as they create, implement and enhance their justice systems. The Institute has received several grants to support tribal judicial systems, including, but not limited to:
The Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance to provide training and technical assistance to support tribal courts and tribal court development.
The Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime to provide trainings to federal and tribal judges on child sexual abuse in Indian country.
The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families to assist Indian tribes to develop Title IV-D appropriate child support enforcement codes.
The STOP Violence Against Women Office to assist Tribes in combating domestic violence in their communities.
Various tribal and non-profit organizations to assist in a variety of specialized objectives for Indian tribes.
In addition to these projects, the Institute has participated in a variety of tribal-state forums in the Dakotas and Minnesota and has facilitated the improved relations between federal and tribal courts nationwide.