Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $449,999)
The Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance (CTVA) Program supports American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities to develop, enhance, and sustain a comprehensive victim assistance program that (1) provides a coordinated collaborative multidisciplinary response to victims of crime, their families, and the community and (2) provides trauma-informed, culturally competent holistic services to all identifiable victims of crime, their families, and the community.
The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is based in Perkins, Oklahoma, and is the smallest of the Federally-recognized Indian tribes in the State, with a total enrollment of 860 members. Since 2006, the tribe has operated a victim services program aimed at providing short-term interventions and support to victims of crime, and conducting outreach activities to educate community members about the needs of crime victims.
The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma will use this funding to: (1) hire a .70 FTE Victim Assistance Program Coordinator to act as the Director of the Victim Services Unit, and provide oversight for the day-to-day operations of the program; (2) hire a .50 FTE Case Aide to lead program outreach efforts, assist with client transportation, and provide administrative support to the program; (3) provide civil legal assistance to crime victims; and (4) provide victim's with assistance with rent, food, household supplies, and transportation costs.