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"Big Valley Strength" is a culturally based tribal youth empowerment to address the high rate of juvenile delinquency due to alcohol/ drug and mental health issues.

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $250,000)

Part of the Indian Country Law Enforcement Initiative, a joint initiative of DOJ and the U.S. Department of the Interior to improve law enforcement and the administration of criminal and juvenile justice in Indian country, OJJDP's Tribal Youth Program (TYP) supports and enhances tribal efforts to prevent and control delinquency and strengthen the juvenile justice system for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth. This program is authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended and the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub. L. 111-8.

Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians is a Federally Recognized Tribe located in Mission Rancheria, California. The Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians has a population of 696, and serve 350 juveniles within that population. Through a collaborative effort between the Tribe and other agencies such as Lake County Mental Health, project activities will include: intake assessment, resource referral, treatment, parenting classes, workshops/support groups, cultural training for service providers and support programs with educational benefit to youth. The planned activities will address the category number 4: providing alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs, including drug/alcohol education, drug testing and screening as well as category number 5: providing intake assessments, mental health screenings and resource referrals. The Tribe has passed a resolution in support of this program and grant application. The Tribal Council is elected through a democratic vote by the general membership. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 15, 2009