Attorney: Steven C. Moore
Steve Moore continues to perform ILSC duties by sending regular electronic mailouts nationwide to the 25 Indian Legal Services (ILS) programs, hosting a national listserv, handling requests for assistance, and working with ILS programs to secure a more stable funding base from Congress. The Indian Tribal Justice and Legal Assistance Act of 2000 authorizes the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide supplemental funding to Indian legal services programs for their representation of Indian people and Tribes which fall below federal poverty guidelines. After funding in 2003, 2004, and 2005, funding in 2006 – 2009 was unsuccessful. In 2010 we secured a line item appropriation of $2.35 million from Congress. In FY 2011 Congress appropriated $2.49 million for civil and criminal assistance in tribal courts. In FY 2012 both civil and criminal grants were awarded to NARF in the amounts of $850,659 and $875,000 respectively, and most recently, NARF was awarded civil and criminal grants in the amounts of $715,000 and $515,000, respectively. Funding amounts were reduced due to the effects of budget cuts and sequestration.