Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $498,483)
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 #8, Prevent and control delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system (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 Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma seeks funding for Hokli Nittak "to seize the day," which is a project to prevent/control delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system. The project goals are to prevent youth delinquency through mitigating mental health, co-occurring, and substance abuse conditions prevalent among Choctaw youth; and by redirecting clients to invest in their future, offering hope and an alternative to substance abuse, untreated mental health issues, and illegal activity as a way of preventing delinquency. This will be accomplished by focusing on academics, mentoring, vocational/career and long-term goal-setting. Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will provide mental health services for youth, including crisis intervention, therapeutic services, drug testing, fetal alcohol syndrome screening, counseling and placement services. Through its partnerships, the program will offer multi-disciplinary and individualized treatment plans for each client. This program will assist all communities in addressing issues relating to community and victim safety and crime. The tribe will maintain and track all client assessment paperwork and will track progress, trends, and variances. Detailed evaluations of client and guardian feedback and outcomes will be performed.