Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $144,002)
The Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria is a federally recognized tribe located in Sonoma County, California.
With this funding, the Tribe’s leadership will work with the DOJ-provided Technical Training Assistance Provider to create a strategic plan for developing and implementing a comprehensive tribal justice system.
The Tribe does not currently have any justice system functions in place to respond to and address the very significant public safety and community wellness concerns – including significant substance abuse, domestic violence, trespassing, theft and vandalism, and more – that are negatively impacting the lives of Tribal Members who reside at the Stewarts Point Rancheria. The Rancheria is located in a remote portion of Sonoma County that causes extremely long response times for county and state public safety resources, further hampering the response to these issues.
Tribal members who reside off-Reservation in the surrounding counties also struggle with elevated levels of poverty, crime, and limited opportunities to access critical support services and alternatives to the criminal justice system.
A new, carefully planned and implemented comprehensive tribal justice system will help Kashia address the needs of its members and usher in a new era of improved safety and wellness for the Kashia tribal community, both on and off Reservation. Strategic planning represents the critical first step on this path.