Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $694,698)
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, Bay Mills Indian Community requested funding to further develop comprehensive victim services that meets the needs of all victims of all crimes while maintaining values and cultural teachings. With this funding, the Bay Mills Indian community will: 1) enhance the current program to ensure coordination of all services to include underserved or unserved populations and 2) hire 1.0 FTE Tribal Court Victim Advocate and 1.0 FTE Cultural Specialist/Educator.