Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $500,000)
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. launched a Department-wide initiative on public safety and victim services in Tribal communities. As part of this effort, Department of Justice (DOJ) leadership conducted a series of meetings across the country addressing violent crime in Tribal communities. As a result, DOJ developed the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, combining DOJ's existing Tribal government-specific competitive solicitations into one, and thus requiring only one application from each Tribe or Tribal consortium. This approach provides federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal consortia the opportunity to develop a comprehensive approach to public safety and victimization issues. This award was selected under Purpose Area #10, Develop new demonstration projects on violence prevention and rehabilitation (OJJDP - Tribal Youth Program - TYP), CFDA #16.731, authorized under the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010, Division B, Title II, Public Law 111-117, 123 Stat. 3122, 3134.
The Southern Ute Indian Tribe seeks funding to reduce violence and discipline problems in local schools, and increase resiliency in youth with Dependency and Neglect (DN) cases by assessing and treating family conditions. The Tribe intends to serve 34 youth and 8 parents. Federal funds will expand an existing trauma curriculum to a 9 month non violence program for 20 youth and add Native American life skills, anger management, conflict resolution and communication lessons. The Resiliency Demo initiative offers an opportunity to improve youths' family lives with effective court-ordered assessments and treatments during the family's active DN case. Federal funds will help deliver community education about the effects of family violence on children, modify one or more tools to measure Native American parental skills and account for cultural differences, assess and therapeutically address runaway and throw away risk, as well as risks of added harm due to young age, disability, drug involvement, or socializing with dangerous adults. An evaluation plan to measure the effect on discipline problems, violence charges, and nonviolence skills will be implemented by linking two databases, one to track cases and charges and the other to track treatment programs, enrollments, attendance, runaway events, and family member crimes.