Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $694,696)
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, Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation requested funding to develop an integrated victim services program. With this funding, Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation will: 1) Develop the program by consolidating existing services within the Justice System by moving all advocates under one supervisor; 2) Hire an additional advocate to provide system-based advocacy for all crime victims; 3) Develop and implement policies and procedures, including clear program eligibility guidelines and intake procedures; and 4) Remodel existing space within the Tribal Justice Center in order to create a small reception area and private offices for the advocates.