As a national representative membership organization, NAICJA 's mission is to strengthen and enhance tribal justice systems.
NAICJA’s current goals include:
- Securing needed increases in funding for the daily functioning of tribal justice systems;
- Serving as the national voice of tribal justice systems when advocacy is needed;
- Ensuring that quality, culturally appropriate tribal judicial education is available nationwide;
- Improving cooperation between tribal, state and federal judiciaries; and
- Providing support to tribal judiciaries by creating opportunities for networking and mentorship.
Management of NAICJA is carried out by an elected Board of Directors and a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from each of ten regions distributed across the United States. NAICJA’s training and technical assistance program is the National Tribal Justice Resource Center which is gearing up to provide on-line resources highlighting tribal court funding opportunities, training events and a repository of tribal bench books and practice guides as well as information related to both Indian Child Welfare issues related to tribal justice systems and tribal civil and criminal legal assistance for tribal legal aid attorneys and public defenders.