Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $500,000)
Pawnee Nation College (PNC) will partner with the National Tribal Trial College (NTTC) at the University of Wisconsin (UW) Law School and the eight federally recognized Tribes of Northern Oklahoma (Pawnee Nation, Osage Tribe, Tonkawa Tribe, Sac and Fox Nation, Iowa Tribe, Otoe Missouri Tribe, Ponca Tribe, and potentially Kaw Nation) to develop and deliver a 2-year vocational skills training project to recruit, train, place, and retain Tribal Crime Victim Specialists. During Year 1, the partners will develop a structured 2-year workforce development program to include recruitment and culturally and legally relevant training and job placement and supervision strategies. The supervised student-interns may receive tuition-free academic credit from PNC, a small stipend and, upon completion, will be awarded a third Tribal Crime Victim Specialist Certificate. It is anticipated that up to 20 students will complete the PNC Certificate in Tribal Victim Advocacy, 10 will complete the NTTC Certificate in Tribal Court Legal Advocacy, and 10 students will complete the entire series and earn the Tribal Crime Victim Specialist Certificate.
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