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TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT – Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team Training – April 26-28, 2017

The United States Department of Justice’s National Indian Country Training Initiative (NICTI) is pleased to announce the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team Training. The training will be held April 26-28, 2017, at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Travel and lodging accommodations will be paid for by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Education. There is no tuition fee.

This training is designed for federal, state and tribal criminal justice professionals and community service providers who investigate, prosecute and respond to domestic violence crimes.  This training will address what constitutes a domestic violence fatality review, how to convene a review, and it will address legal issues – like confidentially – that frequently arise during the review process.  Priority admission will go to applicants working on cases arising in Indian Country.

This class will have a mock fatality review exercise component. Criminal justice professionals and community-based service providers are encouraged to register as a team.

Applications due February 17, 2017.

For applications contact National Indian Country Training Coordinator: Leslie A. Hagen or Training Specialist: Delores McCarter.



February 2, 2017:    Registration due

February 23, 2017:   Applications due

This solicitation supports the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of programs and projects within Indian country and Alaska Native villages to assist those victimized by sexual assault.

Program details are in the FY17 Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program Solicitation:

Eligibility: Federally-recognized tribal governments, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations.

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, call OVW Tribal Affairs Division at (202) 307-6026 or email

To see other open solicitations and subscribe to get email updates visit

(202) 514-2007 TTY (866) 544-5309



WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice today announced the opening of the grant solicitation period for comprehensive funding to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public safety, victim services and crime prevention. The department’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) posts November 29, 2016 at

“The CTAS program is a cornerstone of the Justice Department’s partnership with sovereign tribal nations,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. “By providing tribes and villages with critical funding for everything from law enforcement equipment to programs for native youth and victims of crime, the CTAS program gives tribes the resources they need to address the particular challenges they face. I encourage tribes and villages to take advantage of this program, and I look forward to continuing our work with our tribal partners to build stronger and safer communities for all.”

The Department of Justice launched CTAS in FY 2010 in direct response to concerns raised by tribal leaders about the department’s grant process that did not provide the flexibility tribes needed to address their criminal justice and public safety needs. The department designed this comprehensive approach to save time and resources and allow tribes and the department to gain a better understanding of the tribes’ overall public safety needs.

The department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), specifically OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) all award funding under CTAS. The funding can be used to enhance law enforcement, bolster adult and juvenile justice systems, prevent and control juvenile delinquency, serve native victims of crime and support other efforts to combat crime.

Grantees submit applications for CTAS online through DOJ’s Grants Management System (GMS). Applicants must register with GMS at prior to submitting an application. The application deadline is 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), Feb. 28, 2017. Applicants are strongly urged to apply in advance of the deadline.

For the FY 2017 CTAS, a tribe or tribal consortium will submit a single application and select from any or all of the nine competitive grant programs referred to as “purpose areas.” This approach allows the department’s grant-making components to consider the totality of a tribal nation’s overall public safety needs.

The nine purpose areas (PA) are:
· PA1 – Public Safety and Community Policing (COPS)
· PA2 – Comprehensive Tribal Justice Systems Strategic Planning (BJA)
· PA3 – Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BJA)
· PA4 – Corrections and Correctional Alternatives (BJA)
· PA5 – Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program (OVW)
· PA6 – Victims of Crime: Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (OVC)
· PA7 – Victims of Crime: Comprehensive Victim Assistance (OVC)
· PA8 – Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts (OJJDP)
· PA9 – Tribal Youth Program (OJJDP)

Tribes or tribal consortia may also be eligible for non-tribal specific federal grant programs and are encouraged to explore these other funding opportunities. Additional funding information may be found at the department’s Tribal Justice and Safety website at or at

For questions, see the above, or call the Office of Public Affairs at 202-514-2007.



MSH-TA is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K028 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


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