Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $463,379)
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, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi requested funding to implement a victim services program. With this funding, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi will: 1) hire a Cultural Resource Worker to assist with ceremonies and planting, harvesting, and distributing traditional medicines; 2) develop educational and awareness materials of services offered by the Victim Services Department; and 3) support emergency assistance funds for victims such as emergency housing, rent, and other basic necessities.