Funding Opportunity – Support for 988 Tribal Response Cooperative Agreements

By Hannah Reed, CILS Escondido Office Staff Attorney


The deadline to apply for Support for 988 Tribal Response Cooperative Agreements has been extended to November 8, 2022. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide resources to improve response to 988 (the crisis help hotline) contacts (including calls, chats, and texts) originating in Tribal communities and/or activated by American Indians and Alaska Natives. Federally recognized tribes, as well as tribal organizations and Urban Indian organizations, are encouraged to apply. Tribes and tribal organizations may apply as part of a consortia.

The 988 Tribal Response Cooperative Agreement funding aims to: (1) ensure American Indians and Alaska Natives have access to culturally competent, trained 988 crisis center support; (2) improve integration and support of 988 crisis centers, Tribal nations, and Tribal organizations to ensure there is navigation and follow-up care; and (3) facilitate collaborations with Tribal, state and territory health providers, Urban Indian Organizations, law enforcement, and other first responders in a manner which respects Tribal sovereignty. There is an anticipated $35,000 in funding available over a project period of two years, with no cost sharing or match required. Up to 100 awards are available. The application materials are available here:

For more information, please see the Notice of Funding document that describes the program and outlines the eligibility information: A pre-application informational webinar is available here: Contact James Wright, Office of the Assistant Secretary for program issues, at For grants management and budget issues, please contact Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management at

Honoring Our Sisters: Rethinking Tribal Court Jurisdiction

By Mark Vezzola, CILS Escondido office Directing Attorney

This event originally aired on July, 15, 2021.

About the Program

Please join us for a presentation on the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women movement underway throughout the United States and Canada. Topics to be addressed include the bias that causes so many victims of violent crime to go unnoticed as well the socioeconomic, cultural, and legal factors that allow their killers and perpetrators to get away.

About the Speaker

Mark Vezzola is a Directing Attorney with California Indian Legal Services. His practice includes estate planning for individuals under the American Indian Probate Reform Act, Indian child welfare advocacy, advising Native organizations, tribal boards and committees, administering tribal elections, code drafting and defending casino tort claims. Mark currently serves as the Chief Judge of the Pala Tribal Court in Pala, California and the Chemehuevi Tribal Court in Havasu Lake, California. Mark graduated from UMass-Amherst with a B.A. in history and from UCLA with a J.D. and M.A. in American Indian Studies. During law school he clerked for the Hopi Appellate Court and interned at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Tribal Justice in Washington DC.

The San Diego Law Library is a State Bar of California licensed MCLE provider. Viewing this class provides 1 Hour of [Bias] Self-Study credit.

Provider Information: San Diego County Public Law Library, Provider #11786

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The information offered in this short video has been provided as a public service and is intended to provide basic information. This is not legal advice and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The views expressed in this video belong to the speaker and are not a representation of the San Diego Law Library.

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