Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $322,641)
Children's Justice Act (CJA) Partnerships for Indian Communities Grant Program (Victims of Crime Act of 1984, Section 1402(g), 42 U.S.C. 10601(g) supports American Indian and Alaskan Native communities for the purpose of improving the investigation, prosecution, and handling of child abuse cases, especially cases of child sexual abuse, in a manner that increases support for and lessens trauma to child abuse victims. The funding further supports programs to provide comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary responses to child abuse victims and provide trauma-informed, culturally competent, holistic services to child abuse victims and their families.
The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes (FPT) is a Federally-recognized Tribe located on the 2.1 million acre Fort Peck Indian Reservation in a geographically isolated portion of northeastern Montana. The Fort Peck Indian Reservation is home to two separate tribal nations, which are comprised of multiple bands and divisions.
The FPT's Red Bird Woman Center will use the funding from this award to: 1) hire a 1.0 FTE Project Coordinator/ Child Advocate to coordinate training activities and services for victims of child abuse and neglect and their families; 2) send the Project Coordinator to forensic interviewing training; 3) provide emergency assistance with food, clothing, transportation, and shelter for child victims and their families; and 4) support community outreach activities to educate the community about child abuse.