Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $170,000)
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.
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (LRBOI) is a Federally Recognized Tribe with a tribal service population of 3,396. The tribe is applying for TYP funding in the category of providing interventions for court-involved tribal youth, including graduated sanctions, restitution, diversion, home detention, foster and shelter care, and mentoring. The project seeks to serve 549 youth under the age of 17. The project goal is to provide direct intervention and prevention services and to improve the tribal juvenile justice system by implementing indigenous justice strategies, enforcing juvenile codes, enhancing probation services and aiding in re-entry to tribal communities. Indian Village Camp provides a four day rustic camp for 'at-risk' youth who require direct court intervention. The camp will be an alternative to out-of-home placement by providing an intensive intervention program based on traditional values and self accountability. The program will revive or instill traditional cultural values from an Anishinaabe perspective that will impact criminal behavior by reducing recidivism, delinquency and negative world views. To measure the above goals the Peacemaking/Probation Department will keep detailed records of participant numbers and performance. These statistics will include truancy, criminal activity, grades, probation completion and incarceration data for all participating youth. CA/NCF