Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $449,594)
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 Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians is headquartered in rural Red Rock, Oklahoma, and has total enrollment of 3,200 members. Most of the tribes members live within 25 miles of Red Rock on land that is held in trust by the Federal government. Since 2016, the tribe has operated a victim services program focusing on meeting the needs of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
The Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians will use the funds from this award to: pay for a .05 FTE Social Services Director to oversee the project and supervise grant-funded personnel; (2) hire a 1.0 FTE Victims of Crime Advocate to provide comprehensive services to victims of all crimes; (3) hire a 1.0 FTE Victims of Crime Program Coordinator to act as the project director and provide day-to-day oversight for the development and implementation of the project, including establishing and maintaining collaborative partnerships with key community stakeholders; (4) retain the services of an attorney to assist with reviewing the tribal codes and assisting with the development of written response protocols to guide the tribes response to crime victimization in the community; (5) provide crime victims with access to cultural healing practices to aid in their recovery; (6) acquire a vehicle for use by program staff to transport clients and engage in project activities; and (7) provide emergency assistance to victims of crime for costs associated with food, rent, utilities, crisis shelter, and transportation.