Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $281,626)
The Justice Department's grant-making components have created a streamlined approach for federally recognized Tribes, Tribal consortia, Alaska Native villages and corporations, as well as authorized tribal designees to apply for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 funding opportunities. The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) serves as a single solicitation for existing tribal government-specific grant programs administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The CTAS solicitation is designed to assist tribes with addressing crime and public safety issues in a comprehensive manner. The CTAS grant-application process was inspired by and developed after consultation with tribal leaders, including sessions at the Justice Department's Tribal Nations Listening Session in 2009, and has been updated based on continued tribal consultations and listening sessions.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides awards under CTAS Purpose Area 8--Tribal Juvenile Accountability Discretionary Grants (TJADG) Program to federally recognized tribes to develop and implement programs that hold tribal youth accountable for delinquent behavior and strengthen tribal juvenile justice systems as authorized by 42 U.S.C. Section 3796ee-1. Under the TJADG program there are eighteen (18) distinct purpose areas. Applicants seeking a TJADG award must select one or more TJADG purpose areas as a goal and/or focus for the proposed project design.
Truancy within the Coeur D'Alene Tribe negatively affects tribal courts, probation, family integrity, grades and educational opportunities for youth, law enforcement, social services and business operations on the reservation, and ultimately the future of the tribe. In seeking OJJDP funding, the Coeur D'Alene Tribe seeks to reduce the high truancy and school dropout rate that is impacting their community and leading their youth deeper into their tribal juvenile justice system. If awarded, the tribe will hire and equip a Truancy Officer/Community Service Coordinator who will hold juvenile offenders more accountable by providing improved case services to include tracking offender's school attendance, intervening and meeting with school reps and family members, while supporting court ordered community service requirements. Tribe will also seek to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to aid in improving their juvenile justice system. The tribe will develop a comprehensive plan and form an advisory committee to assist the probation office in evaluating the effectiveness of this project while seeking ways to sustain and fund the project beyond the award period. CA/NCF