The Institute for Native Justice (INJ) is a professional and innovative effort to help tribal and rural communities provide justice which is fair and balanced for victims of crime. In particular, INJ focuses on victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking by highlighting inequities in the justice system and by promoting evidence-based approaches to help remedy unjust practices and policies. INJ assists those who provide direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The mission of the Institute for Native Justice is to provide victim-centered, culturally-sensitive training and technical assistance to American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages and rural communities.
The Institute for Native Justice is supported by the American Indian Resource Center, Inc. (AIRC), whose mission is to meet the needs of American Indian communities. While AIRC began with a focus solely on education, its mission has been expanded through the Institute for Native Justice to join the effort to eliminate violence against women in Indian Country.
In 1983, AIRC was chartered with the state of Oklahoma and with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. For more than thirty years AIRC has successfully operated programs and managed grants and contracts from the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Indian Health Service, Indian tribes and area schools.
The strength of AIRC is its capability to provide a wide range of culturally-sensitive services such as on-site and web-based training and technical assistance, management analysis and professional research to American Indian tribes, organizations, schools and other interested agencies.