Tribal Justice Support | Office of Justice Services
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Tricia Tingle is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Her legal career encompasses 30+ years working in Indian Country. Ms. Tingle is presently the Associate Director for Tribal Justice Support, which is enacts the Tribal Justice Support Act of 1993.
Ms. Tingle has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota, and as a Civil Trial Attorney for the Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice. In addition, Ms. Tingle has served in the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor representing the Bureau of Indian Affairs as an Assistant Solicitor.
In 2011, Ms. Tingle began her tenure with the Office of Justice Services, Tribal Justice Support. Her office follows the mandates of the Tribal Justice Support Act and provides training, technical assistance and funding for all tribal justice systems. A part of the TJS tasks, include offering Tribal Court Assessments which serve as a “road map” for individual tribal justice systems. Since 2010, TJS has funded approximately 20 Million dollars to tribal justice systems, with an increase to almost 40 Million in the last 3 years. Since 2010, 370 tribal justice systems have been assessed, funded and training and technical assistance has been provided to those justice systems. Ms. Tingle and her staff focus on strengthening sovereignty through tribal justice systems and highlighting the unique ways tribes have provided justice through traditional and cultural methods.
Ms. Tingle lives in Alexandria, Virginia.