Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $899,951)
HBPI is determined to reduce and/or eliminated crime from its community.
With new PA3 funding, Hopland Band of Pomo Indians’ (hereinafter HBPI) Victims Services in close collaboration with the Tribal Court plans on enhancing their Tribal Court by offering a Kinship (extended family) Court specialized on serving victims of crime, especially those experiencing child abuse, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking with this funding. . They will also expand their court and social services’ collaborative partnership by serving victims of crime in a coordinated and collaborative manner that strengthens the kinship’s ability to address the victimization, move through civil legal proceedings with minimal trauma inducing experiences, and work towards reestablishing interdependence and secure living (homes that are stable, safe, secure, nurturing, and connected to the Tribe).
PA3 activities include a review of HBPI ordinances, procedures, and practices with an outside expert facilitator; conducting coordinated community outreach for the entire community; conducting Kinship Court proceedings; and supporting victims with resources and services in a comprehensive and collaborative fashion.
PA3 deliverables include revised domestic violence ordinance, child welfare ordinance, and additional ordinances or sections covering violence related to dating, sexual assault, child maltreatment, stalking, and evidence of human trafficking and/or Missing and Murdered AI/AN people. Kinship Court for victims of crime will be conducted two times monthly in a manner and time that is accessible/convenient for victims of crime and their kin. Victims of crime will proceed through multiple systems (court, law enforcement, health, and social services) easily and will reclaim interdependent and secure living.
The primary geographic area for this project is HBPI Tribal Members living on or near the reservation. However, HBPI serves all Tribal Members no matter where they live.
HBPI expects to serve approximately 25 families annually over the 5-year period of performance of this project. They believe the families will benefit (protection of civil rights, increased access to justice, and better support for crime victims) from the Kinship Court and the entire community will be better off (a comprehensive and coordinated approach to improve public safety and lessen victimization to protect the public from crime).