Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $318,142)
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) 2014 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 9--Tribal Youth Program (TYP) to federally recognized tribes to develop and implement programs that support and enhance Tribal efforts to prevent and control juvenile delinquency and strengthen juvenile justice system for American Indian/Alaska Native youth.
The Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa plans to use this funding to address juvenile delinquency by adopting a Juvenile Code to serve youth seventeen and younger. The Indian way involves something chosen by community members that restores balance to the whole community and provides the youth with experiences that more fully integrates them with that community. The project will include a needs assessment to determine which factors will be addressed by the juvenile code and to seek community input. This assessment may be through public hearings, talking circles, forums, focus groups, or other forms of oral tradition. Key community stakeholders, such as: Probation/Truancy Officer, Project Manager, court staff, Police Chief, and the hired attorney will all participate in the needs assessment and the strategic planning process. These steps will build credibility for the project with the community. This period of strategic planning will allow this project to develop a model structure that fits the Tribe's needs and justice processes, therefore, approaches will be based on the Tribe's own customs and cultural beliefs.
This program is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2014, Pub. L. No. 113-76; 128 Stat. 5, 65. CA/NCF