Story Links Both teams come into the game with some momentum, coming off wins against non-Division I opponents. Drake defeated NAIA Mount Marty, 92-74, while Air Force recorded a 99-42 victory against Division III opponent Johnson & Wales in its last outing. Live Audio In six previous meetings between the teams, Drake has won all six games, including two at Air Force. The teams last met in Des Moines in 2011. Former Drake head coach Kurt Kanaskie is also an associate head coach for Air Force. Kanaskie coached at Drake from 1996-2003 and coached current Drake assistant coach Matt Woodley. Scoring has at times been a struggle for both teams this season, as both rank outside the top 100 nationally in points per game. However, Drake makes up for that by ranking 66th nationally in points allowed per game at 63.2. Drake has held seven of its 10 Division I opponents below their scoring averages on the season. This includes holding Murray State to 53 points compared to their average of 73, as well as holding Milwaukee to 53 compared to their scoring average of 77.4.Following Saturday’s game, the Bulldogs will enjoy the holiday break before beginning conference play at Bradley Dec. 31. The Bulldogs return home, where they have won 11-straight games, Jan. 4 to host Indiana State. Live Stats Drake Game Notes MW Network Drake is led in scoring by seven-footer Liam Robbins, who is averaging 11.4 points per game. In Drake’s last game, Robbins recorded a career-high 25 points. Along with the 25 points, he grabbed 10 boards, notching the first double-double of his young career. Air Force is led in scoring and rebounding by senior Lavelle Scottie. He is averaging 14.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, respectively. The Drake men’s basketball team travels to the Front Range of Colorado Saturday to take on the Air Force Falcons at 1 p.m. CST in Clune Arena. The contest is the Bulldogs’ final non-conference game of the season before beginning Missouri Valley Conference play following the Christmas holiday.The Bulldogs (9-3) are searching for their first true road victory of the season, previously having fallen at Cincinnati and No. 14 Dayton. Air Force (6-6) is looking to avoid falling back below the .500 mark on the season, but the Falcons are 3-2 on their home court this season. Print Friendly Version
Two new tribal court programs are getting off the ground at Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. They’re focused on reducing recidivism.Download AudioThe Andrew Hope Building is the new location of Central Council’s tribal court, which is located on the third floor. Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall is on the first floor. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins,KTOO – Juneau)At the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall — the new location of Central Council’s tribal court — a framework is being created.It’s part of a larger conversation to identify what’s holding some people back from reaching their potential. Namely, things such as childhood trauma, unstable home lives and a disconnect from culture.Colleen Belardi is one of the coordinators at Central Council’s Youth Wellness Court. She said the program is still being developed.“What we do know is that we would like to intervene with youth in the court system … and also kids who may be at risk of becoming involved in the court system,” Belardi said.The juvenile court could take the shape of therapeutic court or family conferencing. It’s funded by a 3-year $550,000 grant from the U.S Department of Justice. But they want to make the program sustainable.Belardi said mentorship will play a key role.“We want to teach them traditional ways — putting up food, carving, what is it to have an elder in your life and what does that mean to have an elder in your life,” Belardi said.A different program aimed at helping adult offenders is also underway.Tribal Judge Debra O’Gara said the program primarily handles family law, but soon it will also be able to sentence some criminal cases.Youth Wellness Court held a meeting in April to hear feedback from the community. Next it will consult with elders and appoint an advisory board. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – Juneau)State court judges reached out to the tribe, O’Gara said. Central Council signed an agreement with the state in April.Defendants who plead guilty or are found guilty will be able to have their cases transferred to Central Council. From there, they’ll go through circle sentencing.“We will have more time to delve into what is causing (them) to do this criminal behavior,” O’Gara said. “We’ll also have more time to inform the defendant as to what the effect their behavior has had on their family or what effect (it’s) had on their family or anybody who is harmed by that behavior.”O’Gara said four other tribes up north have had success with the program. Eventually, Central Council wants to offer circle sentencing in other Southeast tribal courts.Typically in the state court system, O’Gara said, the prosecutor or the judge have no connection to the defendant.“Whereas in tribal court, we’re going to have family members and members … of their own tribe there, and often their grandma or grandpa or aunts or uncles or parents or siblings are going to be there in the court and have to explain why they’re doing what they’re doing.”O’Gara says criminal behavior can sometimes be linked to poverty, childhood trauma or substance abuse. Depending on the case, the sentencing outcome could be job training or treatment — recommendations which will be sent back to the state.The adult program could start up by the end of summer. O’Gara says she hopes it brings healing.