News and Announcements


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 22, 2018

Department of Justice and Department of Interior Team Up for Major Expansion of Tribal Access to National Crime Information Databases

The Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior announced a dramatic expansion of the federal government’s key program that provides tribes with access to national crime information databases, the Justice Department’s Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP).

By the end of 2019, the Justice Department will expand the number of TAP participating tribes by more than 50 percent—from 47 tribes to 72. The Department of the Interior (DOI) will fund the instillation of TAP Kiosks at three locations where the BIA-Office of Indian Services (BIA-OIS) deliver direct service social services by the end of 2019 and DOI aims to expand TAP access at all 28 BIA-Office of Justice Services (BIA-OJS) operated law enforcement agencies and detention service centers.  These BIA locations will provide some degree of access to TAP for services delivered to more than 50 tribal communities that currently do not have any direct access.

The Native American Issues Subcommittee (NAIS) is comprised of United States Attorneys with Indian Country in their federal districts. They advise the Attorney General regarding the development and implementation of policies pertaining to justice in Indian Country. The NAIS identified ‘increased law enforcement resources’ as one of four priority areas to improve justice services in Indian Country. Support for and increased dissemination of the TAP was unanimously supported by the US Attorneys at a recent NAIS meeting in Indian Country in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

TAP, offered in two versions, TAP-FULL and TAP-LIGHT, allows tribes to more effectively serve and protect their communities by fostering the exchange of critical data through several national databases through the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) network, including the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), Next Generation Identification (NGI), National Data Exchange (N-DEx), National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP) as well as other national systems such as the International Justice and Public Safety Network (Nlets). TAP enhances tribal efforts to register sex offenders pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA); have orders of protection enforced nationwide; protect children; keep firearms away from persons who are disqualified from receiving them; improve the safety of public housing, and allow tribes to enter their arrests and convictions into national databases.

TAP-FULL consists of a kiosk workstation that provide access to national systems and is capable of processing finger and palm prints, as well as taking mugshots and submitting records to national databases. TAP-LIGHT is software for criminal agencies that include police departments, prosecutors, criminal courts, jails, and probation departments. Both versions provide federally recognized tribes the ability to access and exchange data with national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purpose. TAP is currently available to 47 tribes nationwide with over 220 tribal criminal justice and civil agencies participating.

For more information on TAP, including a list and map of present TAP-FULL and TAP-LIGHT tribes, visit www.justice.gov/tribal/tribal-access-program-tap.

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OCTOBER 22, 2018

OVW FAQ on Tribal Consultation by States for STOP Violence Against Women

The statute governing the STOP Violence Against Women Grant Program (STOP Program) (34 U.S.C. 10446(c)(2)) requires that states develop a plan for implementation of STOP Program funding and “consult and coordinate” with a list of different entities. Subparagraph (F) specifically provides that such entities include “[t]ribal governments in those States with State or federally recognized Indian tribes.” Id. at 10446(c)(2(F).

The OVW Tribal Affairs Division is working together with the OVW STOP Grant Program to bring together our Tribal and State Coalitions as part of the process to collaborate and assist with strengthening and making improvements to achieve the goal of meaningful consultation in this regard.

The OVW FAQ on Tribal Consultation by States for STOP Violence Against Women is intended to assist States in their effort to meaningfully consult with Tribes, as outlined in the STOP Violence Against Women Grant Program Implementation Planning under 34 U.S.C. 10446(c)(2)(F).

View the OVW FAQ on Tribal Consultation by States for STOP Violence Against Women.


OCTOBER 3, 2018

HUD has announced an exciting technical assistance opportunity for addressing homelessness in tribal areas, both on and off tribal lands. The purpose is to strengthen partnerships between Tribal communities, urban native communities, homeless crisis response systems, state and local partners, trade associations, and other relevant stakeholders, to decrease the number of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) households experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness by increasing their access to permanent housing.

HUD is looking for expressions of interest by October 19 from:

  • Representatives from a Federal- or State-recognized Tribe, Tribal Department of Government including: Tribal Council, Human Services/Behavioral Health, Planning Department and/or Housing Department; and
  • Representatives from Native American-led non-profits, Tribally Designated Housing Entity, Regional Housing Association, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Community Development Corporations (CDCs), Indian Health Centers or other entities whose mission is to provide housing or supportive services to American Indians/Alaska Natives living on or off tribal lands.

View the Tribal Homelessness Program Interest Form.

Expressions of interest should be submitted to LindaLee Retka via email at lretka@naihc.net no later than October 19, 2018.


AUGUST 29, 2018

Domestic Violence and Firearms Technical Assistance Project Call for Proposals and Q&A Session

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), invites proposals from communities to participate in the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP). The overall objective of the FTAP is to help communities identify challenges limiting a more robust implementation of domestic violence firearms laws in their jurisdictions and assist them in establishing a localized response that is best suited to their communities’ unique needs and characteristics.  NCJFCJ seeks proposals from communities reflective of the geographic diversity across the country, including rural, urban, suburban, and tribal settings, as well as sites with differing governing laws.

View the solicitation.

NCJFCJ is conducting a one hour Q&A session on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 10am PT / 11am MT / 12pm CT / 1pm ET. Register here for the Q&A.


AUGUST 21, 2018

Summary Report from the Second Native Men’s Gathering: Turning Experiences into Actions

In 2017, OVW invited American Indian and Alaska Native men to the second annual men’s gathering held at the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin August 15 and 16, 2017. Participants included those from the 2016 gathering, as well as several new participants standing in for those from the 2016 gathering who were unable to attend. Attendees at the second roundtable discussion represented tribes from Alaska, Arizona, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Washington, as well as different organizations and community groups.

Participants shared a commitment to create safe and healthy communities, and a desire to help end violence against women, families and children in Tribal and Alaskan Native communities. They traveled to the Oneida Nation in Green Bay, Wisconsin to describe their work and continue the discussion on what men can do to prevent violence against women.

To view the report, go to: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1078251/download


JULY 16, 2018

BJA Announces Tribal Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Program to Improve Officer, Public Safety in Indian Country

BJA is seeking applications for Supporting Innovation: Field-Initiated Programs to Improve Officer and Public Safety. BJA has created this program to launch a robust and creative grant funding stream for the field. Supporting Innovation invites applicants to develop and test solutions that will improve officer and public safety and save lives.

This year, under the focus area, Strategies that address the needs created by violent crime related to tribes and tribal members, BJA seeks applications from federally-recognized tribes, tribal consortia, and Alaska villages to fund a range of strategies to address violent crime. This is BJA Director Jon Adler’s response to feedback during the OJP consultation held Feb. 15, 2018 with tribal leaders. BJA is seeking ideas from tribes and other partners in the field on ideas for innovative strategies to address this critical issue.

One area where BJA is very committed to making significant investments and is actively seeking applications are strategies to increase the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes on tribal lands and to tribal members, with a particular focus on expanding the use of tribal prosecutors – U.S. Attorney partnerships. Under these agreements, BJA would support resources to hire law trained tribal prosecutors that would serve as Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys (Tribal SAUSA). While the Office for Violence Against Women has funded tribal prosecutors to focus on crimes they are authorized to support, the Department has not supported Tribal SAUSAs to focus on prosecutions of other major crimes, including murder, gang and gun crime, and drug-related violent crime.

Applicants are required to coordinate with the district U.S. Attorney in the application process and must document this coordination in the application submission. BJA expects to make at least 10 awards of up to $500,000 for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on Oct. 1, 2018.

Applications are due July 30, 2018.  For more information and to access the solicitation online, visit https://www.bja.gov/Field18

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JUNE 22, 2018

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program

Under the solicitation, OVC will award eligible tribes, tribal consortia, and tribal designees grants to support a wide-range of services for victims of crime. OVC anticipates making up to $110 million available through this solicitation to support tribes to improve victim services. In developing the scope of activities allowable with this funding, OVC took into account input from tribal leaders and other stakeholders regarding needs for victim services in tribal communities. This solicitation has a streamlined, two-phase process by which tribes may apply for and receive the tribal set-aside funding.

This solicitation has a streamlined, two-phase application process for this unique program. OVC will conduct a Phase 1 pre-application webinar on June 28, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html.

Phase 1 applications are due by 9:00 p.m. e.t. on August 6, 2018.

View the FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program solicitation.


JUNE 5, 2018

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program

The primary goal of the cooperative agreement(s) awarded under the FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program solicitation is to provide resources and training and technical assistance to Indian tribes and tribal consortia that receive grant funds from OVC through the FY18 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program, to enhance their response to victims of crime, their families, and the community.

Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit, faith-and community -based organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), public agencies, and consortia with demonstrated organization and community-based experience working with American Indian and/or Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.

OVC estimates that it will make up to two awards, of up to $1.325 million each, for an estimated total of $2.65 million, for a 3-year period of performance, beginning on October 1, 2018. OVC anticipates funding organization(s) with experience providing expertise on American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) victim issues and support and training and technical assistance to AI/AN communities.

The deadline to apply is July 18, 2018.

View the FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program solicitation.


MAY 24, 2018

OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION – Supporting Tribal Youth Solicitation: Training and Technical Assistance and Youth Leadership Development

Two categories of funding are available as part of this solicitation:

Category 1 – Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance: OJJDP is seeking a tribal youth training and technical assistance provider to provide culturally based, trauma-informed training, support, and other related technical assistance to all OJJDP-funded tribal program grantees, as well as all other interested federally recognized tribes, to build capacity to develop, expand, improve, and/or maintain their juvenile justice systems. This includes support for courts, probation, prosecutors and other key stakeholders charged with responding to juvenile crime as well as an intentional focus on prevention programs targeting risk and protective factors for juvenile delinquency.

Category 2 – Tribal Youth Leadership Development Initiative: OJJDP is seeking to build on the successes of the past OJJDP National Intertribal Youth Leadership efforts and the Today’s Native Leaders program to support building youth leadership skills within tribal communities. This initiative aims to enhance tribal efforts to increase youth engagement, improve leadership skills, and support action related to juvenile justice issues, delinquency prevention, and public safety issues in Indian country. The successful applicant will work with tribal communities to identify and engage youth with multiple risk factors (i.e., individual, family, community) to participate in learning events that will build youth leadership skills as part of a risk-focused delinquency prevention approach. The goal of this approach is to provide these youth with the opportunity to create a sustainable community project focused on reducing risk factors for juvenile crime and enhancing protective factors for youth accountability.

Applications are due June 18, 2018. For more information, visit: https://go.usa.gov/xQR7Y.


MAY 15, 2018

OVW’s Fiscal Year 2018 Grants to Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions Program Solicitation (invitation to apply) is now open.

The Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions Program Tribal Coalitions Program) supports the development and operation of nonprofit, nongovernmental tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to recognized tribal coalitions. View program eligibility.

Deadline: Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (E.T.) on June 27, 2018.

To view and download the solicitation go to: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1063326/download


MAY 15, 2018

OVW’s Fiscal Year 2018 Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiner Training Initiative Solicitation is now open.

The OVW Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiner Training Initiative (SAMFE Training Initiative) may fund training, technical assistance, education, equipment, and information relating to the identification, collection, preservation, analysis, and use of DNA samples and DNA evidence by medical personnel and other personnel, including doctors, medical examiners, coroners, nurses, victim service providers, and other professionals involved in treating victims of sexual assault and sexual assault examination programs.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are limited to national, tribal, statewide, or other nonprofit organizations or institutions of higher education with the capacity to provide nationwide training and technical assistance.

Deadline

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (E.T.) on June 29, 2018.

View the solicitation: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1062776/download


APRIL 26, 2018

FY 2018 OVW Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction Solicitation Now Open

The Tribal Jurisdiction Program is designed to assist Indian tribes in exercising SDVCJ. Through this grant program, Indian tribes receive support and technical assistance for planning, developing, and implementing changes in their criminal justice systems necessary to exercise SDVCJ. The program encourages collaborations among tribal leadership, tribal courts, tribal prosecutors, tribal attorneys, tribal defenders, law enforcement, probation, service providers, and other partners to ensure that non-Indians who commit crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protection orders are held accountable. The Tribal Jurisdiction Program encourages the coordinated involvement of the entire tribal criminal justice system and victim service providers to incorporate systemic change that ensures victim safety and offender accountability.

Eligibility: Indian tribal governments that have jurisdiction over Indian Country.

Deadline: Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (E.T.) on June 7, 2018.

View the Solicitation: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/open-solicitations


MARCH 20, 2018

New National Institute of Justice Solicitation: Tribal-Researcher Capacity Building Grants Request for Proposals

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks to build an increased capability to conduct rigorous research and evaluation projects in Indian country and Alaska Native villages through promotion of engagement between researchers and tribal nations.

The objective of this solicitation is to fund multiple planning grants for projects promoting such engagements that address criminal justice issues in Indian country and Alaska Native villages. Proposed projects must include a new tribal-researcher partnership component.

While the scope of this solicitation is defined as investigator initiated, the following research topics are of particular interest to the U.S. Department of Justice:

  • Administration of justice for Native youth and adults
  • Alcohol and other drugs of use and abuse
  • Crime prevention and intervention efforts
  • Criminal offending
  • Enhancing investigations and prosecutions in Indian country
  • Murdered, missing, and trafficked women and girls
  • Reducing violent crime
  • Responding to and reducing victimization
  • Strengthening tribal justice systems
  • Tools and technologies to improve policy and practice in Indian country

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 23, 2018.

Review the solicitation at https://nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2018-13840.pdf

Applicants must register with Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html prior to submitting an application.

Learn how to become an NIJ proposal peer reviewer:

https://nij.gov/funding/reviews/pages/peer-reviewers.aspx?utm_source=eblast-govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=peerreview

This solicitation is competitive; therefore, NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning the solicitation should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: 1-800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); email grants@ncjrs.gov; fax 301-240-5830; or web chat https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp. See also nij.gov’s solicitation FAQ page.


MARCH 8, 2018

2017 Annual Tribal Consultation Report & Cover Letter

The 2017 Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation Report, which summarizes the recommendations that OVW received from tribal leaders at last year’s Consultation, is now available.

Click to view the Report.

Click to view the Cover Letter sent to tribal leaders who attended the Consultation.


FEBRUARY 26, 2018

Funding Opportunity: FY18 OVW Tribal Sexual Assault Services Solicitation Open

The FY 2018 OVW Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program (TSASP) solicitation is now open on Grants.gov and posted on OVW’s website.

The Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program provides funding directly to tribes, tribal consortiums, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations to create, maintain, and expand sexual assault services within Indian country and Alaska Native villages. OVW will conduct one pre-application information session for interested applicants on February 28, 2018. See the solicitation for further information.

View the Solicitation: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1033986/download

Grants.gov Opportunity number: OVW-2018-14264.

Link to opportunity in Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=%22tribal%20sexual%22

Applications for the FY18 TSASP are due no later than March 28, 2018.

Applicants should contact 202-616-3851 or email the TSASP mailbox at OVW.Tribal.SASP@usdoj.gov with questions.


FEBRUARY 26, 2018

FY18 CTAS Application Deadline: March 20, 2018

The deadline for submitting applications for the Fiscal Year 2018 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) is quickly approaching.

CTAS applications must be submitted by 9 p.m. EST on March 20, 2018. Applications submitted after 9 p.m. EST on March 20, 2018, will not be considered for funding.

Application details and instructions can be found online in the FY18 CTAS Solicitation at https://go.usa.gov/xnMb4. Additionally, helpful fact sheets, application and narrative templates, and FAQs can also be found online at https://www.justice.gov/tribal/open-solicitations.

For technical assistance with submitting an application, the Grants Management System (GMS) Support Hotline is available at 888-549-9901, option 3, or via e-mail at GMSHelpDesk@usdoj.gov. The GMS Support Hotline hours of operation are Monday–Friday from 6 a.m. to midnight EST.

Also, the Department of Justice Response Center offers programmatic and general assistance with the solicitation requirements. The Response Center can be reached via phone at 800-421-6770 or via e-mail at tribalgrants@usdoj.gov. The Response Center’s hours of operation are Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Additionally, the final FY18 CTAS Application webinar will be hosted by the Department of Justice on Thursday, March 8 at 1 p.m. EST. The key goals of this webinar are to:

* Provide a general overview of CTAS-related questions;

* Provide an opportunity for applicants to ask CTAS-related questions.

To register for this webinar, please visit the following link (link is external).


FEBRUARY 22, 2018

Final 2018 CTAS Application Webinar is March 8 – Register now!

To provide guidance on the Fiscal Year 2018 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), the Department of Justice is sponsoring 10 webinars that will educate applicants on CTAS application requirements for specific purpose areas, as well as meeting grant budgetary requirements and preparing strategies to access grant funds to strengthen tribal justice system capacity.

The final webinar is: Thursday, March 8 at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Details, including URLs to register for these webinars, are located below:

FY 2018 CTAS Application: Checklist Review and Q&A Webinar

WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 1 p.m. EST (U.S. and Canada)

 The key goals of this webinar are to:

* Provide a general overview of CTAS-related questions;

* Provide an opportunity for applicants to ask CTAS-related questions.

***To register now, please visit the following link (link is external)

Finally, to register for any forthcoming webinars, or to access video recordings of past webinars, please visit: https://www.justice.gov/tribal/webinars.

 


JANUARY 12, 2018

Next 2018 CTAS webinars are Jan. 16 & 18 – Register now!

To provide guidance on the Fiscal Year 2018 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), the Department of Justice is sponsoring 10 webinars that will educate applicants on CTAS application requirements for specific purpose areas, as well as meeting grant budgetary requirements and preparing strategies to access grant funds to strengthen tribal justice system capacity.

The next two webinars are: Tuesday, Jan. 16, and Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018; both begin at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Details, including URLs to register for these webinars, are located below:


Accessing Grant Funds to Strengthen Tribal Justice Capacity Webinar

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at 1 p.m. EST (U.S. and Canada)

 

This webinar focuses on strategies to:

  • Read and comprehend a complex grant solicitation;
  • Coordinate a robust grant-writing team;
  • Identify and articulate the needs of your community through data-driven processes;
  • Generate and capture ideas and solutions from your community; and
  • Organize key community players to execute the proposed program.

***To register now, please visit the following link (link is external).

 

FY 2018 CTAS Application: Purpose Area 2, 3, & 4 Webinar

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at 1 p.m. EST (U.S. and Canada)

 

The key goals of this webinar are to:

  • Provide a general overview of CTAS Purpose Areas 2, 3, & 4;
  • Highlight key application and purpose area requirements;
  • Identify tools and resources for applicants that will facilitate the application process;
  • Provide an opportunity for applicants to ask CTAS-related questions; and
  • Discuss how the FY 2018 solicitation differs from the CTAS solicitations from previous years.

***To register now, please visit the following link (link is external).

 

Finally, to register for any of the 10 webinars, please visit: https://www.justice.gov/tribal/webinars.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2018

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRIBAL COMMUNITIES

Grants Available to Support Public Safety Projects in Indian Country 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Justice today announced the opening of the grant solicitation period for comprehensive funding to federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public safety, victim services and crime prevention.

The Department’s Fiscal Year 2018 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, or “CTAS,” posts today at https://www.justice.gov/tribal/open-solicitations. The solicitation contains details about available grants and describes how tribes, tribal consortia and Alaskan villages can apply for the funds.

The funding can be used to enhance law enforcement; bolster adult and juvenile justice systems; prevent and control juvenile delinquency; serve native victims of crimes such as child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse; and support other efforts to combat crime.

“We’re proud to offer American Indian and Alaska Native communities opportunities to continue to improve public safety, better serve victims of crime, and strengthen criminal justice systems,” said Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand.  “CTAS projects support Native American women, ensure tribal self-determination, and further our shared goals of safe and secure communities for American Indian and Alaska Native peoples.”

Applications for CTAS are submitted online through the Department’s Grants Management System. Applicants must register with the Grants Management System prior to submitting an application. The application deadline is 9:00 p.m. EST, March 20, 2018.

For the FY 2018 CTAS, applicants 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 are:

  • Public Safety and Community Policing
  • Comprehensive Tribal Justice Systems Strategic Planning
  • Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Program
  • Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program
  • Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities
  • Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program
  • Juvenile Justice Wellness Courts
  • Tribal Youth Program

In an effort to provide guidance on the Fiscal Year 2018 CTAS, the Department is sponsoring a series of webinars to educate applicants on CTAS application requirements. For details, including how to register for these webinars, visit https://www.justice.gov/tribal/open-solicitations for the webinar schedule.

Additionally, tribes and tribal consortia may also be eligible for non-tribal federal grant programs and are encouraged to explore other funding opportunities, which may be found at DOJ’s Tribal Justice and Safety website at https://www.justice.gov/tribal/open-solicitations or the www.grants.gov website.

CTAS is administered by the Department’s Offices of Justice Programs, Community Oriented Policing Services, and Violence Against Women.

Today’s announcement is part of the DOJ’s ongoing initiative to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities.

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DECEMBER 20, 2018

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Rural) Solicitation

The FY 2018 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Rural) solicitation is now open and posted on OVW’s website and Grants.gov.

Applications are due January 31, 2018.

Email ovw.rural@usdoj.gov with any questions about the solicitation.

View the Solicitation on the OVW Website.

Posted on Grants.gov.


DECEMBER 11, 2018

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 OVW Grants to Provide Legal Assistance for Victims

Funds are available for civil and criminal legal assistance for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Grants can be used to provide victims with access to appropriately trained legal representation for the broad spectrum of legal issues survivors encounter, such as child custody issues, campus administrative or protection/stay away orders, immigration, administrative agency proceedings, and assistance related to human trafficking.

Eligible to Apply: Private nonprofit entities, publicly funded organizations, tribal and territorial organizations, and tribal governments.

Register by: Jan 5, 2017

Apply by: Feb 1, 2017

Read and Download the Solicitation

View the Funding Opportunity


Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand Trip to Ottawa, Canada for Trilateral Summit on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand traveled to Ottawa, Canada on Thursday, Nov. 30, to lead the U.S. delegation in the Trilateral Summit on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls.  This is the second meeting of the trilateral working group.  The first was hosted by the U.S. in 2016 and next year’s meeting will be in 2018, hosted by Mexico.

Associate Attorney General Brand met with Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Canada’s Crown-Indigenous and Northern Affairs and Ismerai Betanzos Ordaz, Indigenous Rights Coordinator, Mexican Commission on the Development of Indigenous Rights.

“Tackling the issue of violence against Indigenous women and girls in our region and in the U.S. is not only a matter of criminal justice, but a moral imperative,” said Associate Attorney General Brand.

During the event, the three countries agreed to continue to prioritize the discussions, committing to continue the dialogue in 2018. Government representatives, in partnership with Indigenous women from across North America, will participate in events during the upcoming year, in preparation for the next meeting, which will be hosted by Mexico in the fall of 2018.

Themes discussed at this meeting were the importance of meaningful consultation with indigenous women regarding solutions to violence; promising practices for improving criminal justice responses to violent crimes against Indigenous women and girls; and the need for rigorous data collection to understand the full extent of domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking in Indigenous communities.

To address this need for data, Associate Attorney General Brand has directed the Department’s National Institute of Justice to adapt an ongoing study on violence in Indian Country to add an inquiry about the prevalence rates of human trafficking of American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls.

Canada, Mexico and the United States of America were also pleased to welcome Indigenous women from their respective countries to attend the event as full partners in order to ensure that their voices were included in the discussions. Indigenous women shared their experiences and perspectives, contributing to the development of outcomes for the working group.

The Department of Justice remains committed to addressing violence against indigenous women and girls in all of its forms through aggressive law enforcement and programs that serve victims.  The Department is committed to working with our international partners to share information and develop capabilities to address cross-border crimes like sex and labor trafficking together.

Associate Attorney General Brand’s visit supports the Justice Department’s continuing efforts under the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety.


NOVEMBER 28, 2017

TO: National & Regional AIAN Tribal Organizations
FROM: Office of Justice Programs Justice Programs Council on Native American Affairs
SUBJECT: Department of Justice Updated Tribal Leader Letter on DOJ Tribal Consultation

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the second DOJ Tribal Listening Session, which will take place on December 6, 2017, from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m., at the Convention Center on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation in California.

As detailed in the Dear Tribal Leaders Letter, dated October 13, 2017, this listening session is part of a series of events to receive tribal comments on DOJ’s seven percent tribal set-aside funding, as authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31). We encourage appointed and elected tribal officials to invite their justice and public safety staff to attend these events.

The listening session is being hosted in conjunction with the American Indian Justice Conference (AIJC), which will take place on December 7-8, 2017, at the location listed above. There is no registration fee to attend AIJC, and details on the conference may be found at https://naicja.wixsite.com/aijc. This link also provides information related to hotel accommodations and logistics.

To register for the listening session, please see the link below. Please note that if you wish to attend AIJC, you must register separately. Both registrations are now open at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-indian-justice-conference-pre-conference-events-tickets- 39451240723?aff=es2#tickets.

DOJ is tentatively planning a listening session in Alaska in the spring of 2018, and a Tribal Consultation on February 15, 2018. Please save the following date and information regarding the Tribal Consultation:

WHERE: National Congress of American Indians, Executive Council Winter Session, Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

WHEN: Thursday, February 15, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Additionally, DOJ will be hosting webinars to provide information and receive comments in early 2018; dates and times are forthcoming. If you would like to provide written comments, you may send an email and any attachments to DOJtribalfunding@usdoj.gov. Comments will be accepted until March 13, 2018. We look forward to your participation and feedback in all of the planned events.


NOVEMBER 20, 2017

Funding Opportunity: Applications Now Being Accepted for OVW FY 2018 Grants for Outreach & Services to Underserved Populations

The OVW FY 2018 Grants for Outreach & Services to Underserved Populations (Underserved) solicitation is now open on Grants.gov and posted on OVW’s website.

Eligible to apply are nonprofit organizations that are:

  • Deaf Programs
  • Religious Minority Organizations
  • LGBT Organizations
  • Culturally Specific Organizations proposing projects focused solely on sexual assault
  • Former Disability Grantees

The Underserved Program is designed to develop and implement outreach and victim services specific to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking in underserved populations. Grant funds may be used to:

  • develop or enhance population specific victim services for underserved survivors;
  • develop or enhance outreach strategies to reach underserved populations;
  • build the capacity of population specific organizations to provide services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;
  • build the capacity of mainstream organizations to provide population specific services;
  • train and educate community partners and the criminal justice system on the needs of survivors from underserved populations; and
  • develop culturally and linguistically appropriate materials for underserved survivors.

Applicants intending to apply for FY 2018 funding under this program are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration (see the solicitation for details) by December 29, 2017.

Applications are due January 26, 2018.

View the Solicitation


NOVEMBER 16, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

Washington, DC

Nomination Deadline Extended to December 15: Task Force on Research on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women (904 Task Force)

 The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is seeking nominations for members of the Task Force on Research on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women (Task Force).

First chartered on March 31, 2008 and re-chartered on July 13, 2016, the Task Force (TF) has assisted the United States Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and OVW in the implementation of a program of research that examines violence against Indian women in Indian Country. This includes domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, murder, and sex trafficking. In addition evaluating the effectiveness of federal, state, tribal and local responses to these crimes.

By statute, Task Force members must be representatives of one of the following entities:

  • Tribal Governments
  • National tribal domestic violence and sexual assault non-profit organizations
  • National tribal organizations

The Task Force is a working body. Task Force members:

  • Provide valuable feedback on NIJ’s program of research priorities, research design strategies, research and evaluation protocol issues
  • Provide research and evaluation findings from studies that shape programs
  • Assist NIJ and OVW with disseminating results that will influence policy and practice
  • Produce reports and other important documents

Task Force members are expected to:

  • Attend meetings that usually last 1-2 days
  • Be prepared to discuss topics and materials distributed in advance of each meeting
  • Draft written recommendations and reports

Additional information on the Task Force can be found on the OVW and NIJ websites at: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/section-904-task-force and https://www.nij.gov/topics/tribal- justice/vaw-research/pages/task-force.aspx

For each nominee:

  • The nominating entity should submit a cover letter recommending the individual to serve and explaining the individual’s qualifications to serve on the Task Force
  • Submit a copy of the individual’s current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Successfully complete the vetting process, which will include a telephone interview, public records search, and forwarding the nominees’ names to the Attorney General for selection, for his approval.

The cover letter and supporting documentation should be submitted by e-mail to OVW.taskforce@usdoj.gov no later than December 15, 2017. Please feel free to contact the OVW Tribal Affairs at Christopher.Alston@usdoj.gov for questions or additional information regarding the nomination process.


NOVEMBER 8, 2017

Funding Opportunity: OVW Fiscal Year 2018 Justice for Families Program Solicitation

View the Grant Announcement

The Grants to Support Families in the Justice System program (referred to as the Justice for Families Program) was authorized in the Violence Against Womehttps://mshoop.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=93ce363cff2139c3b56f345dc&id=bdc4c0e5bc&e=0c1f94c97dn Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 to improve the response of all aspects of the civil and criminal justice system to families with a history of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, or in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse.

The Justice for Families Program supports projects to improve the response of all aspects of the civil and criminal justice system to families with a history of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, or in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Others (see “Additional Information on Eligibility” below)
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • State governments

“Additional Information on Eligibility”: States, units of local government, courts (including juvenile courts), Indian tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, legal services, providers, and victim service providers.

Applications Due: December 20, 2017
11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

View the Solicitation


Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office

District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCTOBER 12, 2017

Non-Indian Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Navajo Woman – Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

ALBUQUERQUE – Mark Silva, 48, of Sundance, N.M., pled guilty this morning in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a sexual abuse charge.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Silva will be sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.  Silva will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Silva was arrested on April 4, 2017, on an indictment charging him with sexual abuse on May 1, 2016, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M.

During today’s proceedings, Silva pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on May 1, 2016, he sexually abused a Navajo woman.  Silva further admitted that he engaged in the sexual act while knowing that the victim was incapable of declining participation in or communicating unwillingness to engage in the sexual act.  Silva remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Spindle pursuant to the Tribal Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (Tribal SAUSA) Pilot Project in the District of New Mexico which is sponsored by the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women under a grant administered by the Pueblo of Laguna.  The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project seeks to train tribal prosecutors in federal law, procedure and investigative techniques to increase the likelihood that every viable violent offense against Native women is prosecuted in either federal court or tribal court, or both.  The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project was largely driven by input gathered from annual tribal consultations on violence against women, and is another step in the Justice Department’s on-going efforts to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities.

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

Washington, DC

Call for Nominations to the Task Force on Research on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is seeking nominations for members of the Task Force on Research on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women (Task Force). First chartered on March 31, 2008, the Task Force has assisted the United States Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and OVW in the implementation of a program of research that examines violence against Indian women in Indian Country, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, murder, and sex trafficking, and in evaluating the effectiveness of federal, state, tribal and local responses to these crimes. The Task Force was authorized by Section 904(a)(3) of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (Pub. L. No. 109-162) and is subject to the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. To ensure that the Department of Justice continues to receive timely advice from the Task Force, the Task Force was re-chartered and filed with Congress. on July 13, 2016.

The Task Force last met in March of 2013. Because so much time had passed since the last Task Force meeting, some members could no longer serve. In October of 2016, OVW sought nominations for new Task Force members. OVW received only nine submissions in response to last year’s request for nominees; therefore we have decided to re-solicit for nominations to ensure that we have a nominee pool that reflects the entities described in the statute and that has diverse expertise and experience. By statute, Task Force members must be representatives of one of the following entities: tribal governments; national tribal domestic violence and sexual assault non-profit organizations; or national tribal organizations.

For each nominee, the nominating entity should submit a cover letter recommending the individual to serve and explaining the individual’s qualifications to serve on the Task Force, as well as a copy of the individual’s resume or curriculum vitae. The cover letter and supporting documentation should be submitted by e-mail to OVW.taskforce@usdoj.gov no later than Tuesday, November 14, 2017. OVW will conduct a vetting process on the nominations, which will include a telephone interview, public records search, input from NIJ, and forwarding the nominees’ names to the Attorney General, including those recommended by OVW for selection, for his
approval.

Task Force members have provided valuable feedback on NIJ’s program of research priorities, research design strategies, research and evaluation protocol issues, and research and evaluation findings from studies conducted to date. Moving forward, the Task Force will continue to play an important role in shaping the program and will assist NIJ and OVW with disseminating results that will influence policy and practice. The Task Force is a working body that will produce reports and other important documents. Task Force members are expected to: attend meetings that usually last 1-2 days; be prepared to discuss topics and materials distributed in advance of each meeting; and draft written recommendations and reports, as necessary. Additional information on the Task Force can be found on the OVW and NIJ websites at: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/section-904-task-force and https:/ /www.nij.gov/topics/tribal-justice/vaw-research/pages/task-force.aspx. OVW and NIJ hope to schedule the next meeting for the spring of 2018.

Please feel free to contact Sherriann C. Moore, Deputy Director of Tribal Affairs at (202) 616-0039, if you have questions regarding the nomination process.


SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

Webinar: Tribal Consultation on Violence Against Women 2017 – Why Attendance of Indian Tribes Is Urgent

When: September 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM Mountain (8am Alaska, 9am Pacific, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern).

Register for the webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8480333457274357249.

VAWA 2005 requires DOJ, HHS, and DOI to consult with Indian tribes on an annual basis. This interaction on a nation-to-nation basis has allowed tribal governments and the United States to discuss matters that at the broadest level impact the safety of Indian women, and to propose strategies to address these issues. We hope that you will join our webinar to review outstanding or emerging issues to address the most serious roadblocks to the safety of Native women and how you can voice your concerns and provide recommendations to increase accountability and enhance the safety for Native women.

Tribal Title, Section 903 Tribal Consultation Mandate
The Tribal Consultation Mandate is found in Title IX. Safety for Indian Women §903. It specifically directs the Attorney General, Secretary of HHA and Secretary of Interior to conduct an annual consultation with Indian tribal governments concerning the federal administration of tribal funds and programs established under the Violence Against Women Act. During such consultations, DOJ, HHS, and DOI are required to solicit recommendations from Indian tribes concerning three specific areas:

(1) Administering tribal funds and programs;
(2) Enhancing the safety of Indian women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking;
(3) Strengthening the federal response to such violent crimes.

In addition to these three general topics, the agencies also often release “framing papers” or consultation questions in advance of the consultation. Those have not yet been distributed, but we will circulate them as soon as they become available.

12th Annual Government to Government On Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation
When: October 3-4, 2017
Where: We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Fountain Hills, AZ

For more information go to: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/tribal-consultation. Logistical information is available at: http://ovwconsultation.org.

Click Tribal Consultation Agenda to view the agenda.


AUGUST 16, 2017

Department of Justice Announces Additional Expansion of Program to Enhance Tribal Access to National Crime Information Databases.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is continuing to expand the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information in FY18; TAP provides federally-recognized tribes access to national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes. TAP is currently primarily funded by the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). As such, TAP is currently prioritizing deployments to tribes that:

  • Have a Tribal sex offender registry pursuant to the Adam Walsh Act and are currently unable to directly submit data to national crime information databases; and/or
  • Have a Tribal law enforcement agency (not BIA direct service), that will use TAP to access the National Criminal Information Center (NCIC), Next Generation Identification (NGI), and other national databases to both view (query) and enter information.

TAP supports the selected tribes in analyzing their needs for national crime information and provides access, technology and training.

For more information, go to: TAP FY18 Announcement – Section 508 compliant-1. For more about Tribal Access Program success and benefits, see the TAP Benefits Brochure.

To learn more, go to:  WWW.JUSTICE.GOV/TRIBAL/TAP


AUGUST 15, 2017

Indian Country Strangulation and Suffocation Seminar
Columbia, South Carolina, November 6-9, 2017

DUE DATE: Nominations are due by September 22, 2017

The Department of Justice’s National Indian Country Training Initiative (NICTI), together with the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, is holding an Indian Country Strangulation and Suffocation Seminar on November 6-9, 2017, at the National Advocacy Center (NAC).

Strangulation is a lethal form of violence and is common in domestic violence and sexual assault cases. This three and one-half day course is designed for experienced federal and tribal multi- disciplinary professionals (prosecutors, law enforcement officers, advocates, medical professionals) who work domestic violence and sexual assault cases in Indian Country. This course will provide an in-depth examination of the mechanics of strangulation and suffocation from a medical, legal, law enforcement and advocacy perspective.

Participants are encouraged to register as a team; for example, a prosecutor and investigator or a prosecutor and a medical provider may register as a team. Individual registrations will also be considered. Training Officers/SACs/SSRAs are invited to nominate individuals from their Division or Department who would benefit from this training opportunity.

Please complete the Nomination Form for each of your nominees and E-Mail it to the attention of Delores McCarter, Office of Legal Education. Nominations are due by Friday, September 22, 2017.

The NICTI will review all nominations and send an e-mail advising nominees of their selection on or about October 3, 2017. Selected nominees will also receive information on how to book travel and lodging.

In order to ensure that our records are correct, please type in the required information when completing the nomination forms.  Illegible and/or incomplete forms will not be considered.

Due to the increasing number of last minute cancellations, we must ask that only nominations for those who are certain to attend be submitted.

The Executive Office for United States Attorneys will provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. Requests should be made to Delores McCarter as early as possible, preferably at least two weeks in advance of the seminar. No nominee will be excluded from a course on the basis of a disability-related accommodations request.

This training is authorized under the Government Employees Training Act.


MAY 30, 2017

Bureau of Justice Statistics | Office of Justice Programs | U.S. Department of Justice:

Police Response to Domestic Violence, 2006-2015 (NCJ 250231) is now available on BJS.gov. This report presents 2006-15 data on:

  • Nonfatal domestic violence victimizations reported to police
  • Police response to these victimizations
  • Prevalence of related arrests or charges
  • Criminal complaints signed against the offender.

Domestic violence includes serious violence (rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault) and simple assaults committed by intimate partners (spouse, former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend), immediate family members (parent, child, or sibling), or other relatives. Data are from the National Crime Victimization Survey, which obtained victims’ descriptions of police actions during their initial response to a reported crime and any follow-up contact with the victim.

Download the Full Report

Download the Summary

 


MAY 22, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Funding Opportunity: Family Violence Prevention and Services/Domestic Violence Shelter and Supportive Services/Grants to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations. HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-FVPS-1211.

Announcement Link: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-FVPS-1211

Solicitation Link: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-FVPS-1211_0.pdf

Summary

Funding Opportunity Title: Family Violence Prevention and Services/Domestic Violence Shelter and Supportive Services/Grants to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-FVPS-1211
Program Office: Family and Youth Services Bureau
Funding Type: Mandatory
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Announcement Type: Initial
CFDA: 93.671
Post Date: 05/22/2017
Application Due Date: 07/10/2017
Description: This announcement governs the proposed award of formula grants under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal organizations. The purpose of these grants is to assist Tribes in efforts to increase public awareness about, and primary and secondary prevention of, family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence, and to provide immediate shelter and supportive services for victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, and their dependents.  Grantees are to be mindful that although the expenditure period for grants is a two-year period, an application is required each year to provide continuity in the provision of services.


APRIL 11, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women has announced that the 2016 Annual Tribal Consultation on Violence Against Alaska Native and American Indian Women Report is now available.

Click to view and download the Cover Letter and the 2016 Annual Consultation Report.


MARCH 7, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Mallory Black: media@strongheartshelpline.org

StrongHearts Native Helpline Launches as a Critical Resource for Domestic Violence and Dating Violence in Tribal Communities

For the first time in history, a culturally-relevant, safe and confidential resource is available for Native American survivors of domestic violence and dating violence, who now make up more than 84 percent of the entire U.S. Native population. The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and The Hotline have launched the first, national crisis line dedicated to serving tribal communities affected by violence across the U.S., called the StrongHearts Native Helpline.

Starting today, Native survivors in Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska – the helpline’s initial service areas — will be able to connect at no cost, one-on-one, with knowledgeable StrongHearts advocates who will provide support, assist with safety planning and connect them with resources based on their specific tribal affiliation, community location and culture. Callers outside of these states can still call StrongHearts while the helpline continues to develop its services network. All services available through the helpline are confidential and available by dialing 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST. Callers after hours will have the option to connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline or to call back the next business day.

“The reality is that so many of our American Indian and Alaska Native people experience domestic violence and dating violence every day,” said Lucy Rain Simpson, executive director of NIWRC and a citizen of Navajo Nation. “It has never been more evident that our Native people need a Native helpline to support efforts to restore power and safety in our tribal communities. The StrongHearts Native Helpline is ready to answer that call.”

The StrongHearts Native Helpline was created by and for Native Americans who, compared to all other races in the U.S., are twice as likely to experience rape or sexual assault, two and a half times more likely to experience violent crimes and five times more likely to be victims of homicide in their lifetimes. Even though a staggering four in five experience violence, Native Americans have historically lacked access to services.

“The Hotline has served victims and survivors of domestic violence for 20 years, and we recognize that Native American survivors have uniquely complex needs,” said Katie Ray-Jones, CEO of The Hotline. “Through StrongHearts, domestic violence advocates will be able to address those complex needs with an unparalleled level of specificity.”

Advocates at the StrongHearts Native Helpline are trained to navigate each caller’s abuse situation with a strong understanding of Native cultures, as well as issues of tribal sovereignty and law, in a safe and accepting environment, free of assumption and judgment. Callers will be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect by a well-trained professional.

“To enhance access to services and meet the unique needs of Native survivors, a dedicated Native helpline that provides support and connections to shelter, advocacy, and other services is critical,” states Marylouise Kelley, FVPSA Program Division Director.

Initially, StrongHearts will focus efforts on providing services to survivors who live in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma, which combined make up more than 12.5 percent of the country’s entire Native American population.

“The team will leverage the large number of Native-centered resources established within these states to begin providing services, with further outreach to tribal communities as StrongHearts continues to grow,” said Simpson.

The StrongHearts Native Helpline plans to purposefully and thoughtfully expand its services to Native American survivors nationwide – based on utilization, demand and resources available.

“Verizon is proud to be the first corporate sponsor of the StrongHearts Native Helpline, a resource that will provide a crucial space for Native people to find support,” said Stuart Conklin, program manager at the Verizon Foundation. “We look forward to its success and continuing to build on a lasting partnership.”

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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 the publications/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

 
 

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