Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $417,336)
DOJ and OVC have long recognized the critical need to support American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims of crime. Over time, OVC has conducted a number of tribal consultations and listening sessions to gather input from our AI/AN partners regarding the Crime Victims Fund tribal victim services set-aside. Based on the information gathered, OVC will allocate the FY 2020 funding by an interim discretionary administrative formula. The formula being used was created with significant input from tribal leaders and from the information gathered from the consultations and listening sessions. Under this award, Venetie Village Council requested funding to establish the first victim services locally in the village. With this funding,Venetie Village Council will: 1) hire one full-time Tribal Victim Service Project Coordinator to implement grant project and provide direct services and mobile advocacy; 2) hire one full time Safe Home Coordinator, and two Safe Home Attendants to provide advocacy and case management to victims of crime in the Arctic Venetie Village services area, as well as to Tribal members outside the village on a case by case basis; 3) purchase a vehicle to assist with mobile advocacy to meet the needs of the victims; 4) provide Traditional Healing Exercises to facilitate traditional healing exercises to victims of crime and community members; 5) support traditional healing groups for men and women to address the unique cultural needs of the community; and 6) provide direct financial services to victims to include basic necessities and transportation.