Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $505,795)
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.
The Southern Ute Indian Tribe requested funding to sustain and expand the staffing for its victim services program. With this funding, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe will: 1) hire a .30 FTE Court Information Analyst, a .60 FTE Victim Advocate, and a .10 FTE Family Court Case Manager; 2) support victim access to medical forensic exams, mental health counseling, and traditional healing activities; and 3) provide financial assistance to crime victims who need emergency food, shelter, clothing, transportation, and relocation aid.