Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $898,003)
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, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians will sustain and enhance current victim services programming. The Tribe will hire a consultant to assist with strategic planning, assessment of crime victim service gaps, and implementation of activities designed to increase coordination among the various systems that serve crime victims. In addition, the Tribe will use grant funding to pay three staff members-- a Sexual Assault Crime Victim Program Specialist, a General Crime Victim Specialist, and a new Crime Victims Intake Specialist.