Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $1,775,449)
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, The Eastern Shawneee Tribe of Oklahoma (ESTOO) requested funding to provide advocacy through the continuation of a victim services program. With this funding, ESTOO will: 1) Reduce the geographic barriers and financial hurdles victims of crime face in the tribal and community of Ottawa County; 2) Improve community understanding of available emergency services; and 3) Provide healing to all victims of crime.