Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $2,999,999)
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, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will expand access to comprehensive services for all victims of crime, including legal services to victims of elder abuse and other crimes, as well as counseling services for youth housed at the Cherokee Nation's youth shelter; provide life skills training and services to assist victims on the road to self-sufficiency; and increase awareness about crime victimization and abuse throughout the Cherokee Nation.