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Project: "Working Together"

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $250,000)

The FY 2006 Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program allows American Indian and Alaska Native communities to plan and implement activities that will reduce and control crime associated with the distribution and use of alcohol and controlled substances in tribal communities. Through this program, the recipient will develop new or enhance existing strategies that prevent, interdict, and treat alcohol and drug use by tribal members. Awards will used to develop a project activity team; identify, apprehend, and prosecute those who illegally transport, distribute, and use alcohol and controlled substances; prevent and reduce the number of alcohol and substance-abuse-related crimes, traffic fatalities, and injuries; develop and enhance collaborations with federal, state, tribal, and local criminal justice agencies; integrate tribal and non-tribal services for offenders and their families; and make available culturally appropriate treatment and other services.

The Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma has been dealing with an alarming increase of substance abuse issues within its reservation. A large number of deaths and serious injuries associated with alcohol and substance abuse has occurred. The Tribe's substance abuse treatment services are often fragmented and ad-hoc, and are provided by only a few agencies. In addition, law enforcement agencies currently respond to crimes/incidents only within their jurisdiction. The Tribe seeks to expand these services by enhancing cooperation among local, state, and tribal agencies to ensure a unified, collaborative effort. The 2006 TCAP award will assist the Tonkawa Tribe in developing new and enhanced strategies to control and prevent crime associated with the distribution and abuse of alcohol and drugs among the American Indian population within the tribal service area.

Specific project goals include: (1) establishing an advisory group comprised of representatives from the Tonkawa Tribe, collaborating law enforcement/legal agencies, treatment professionals, social service, and community members; (2) developing partnerships and increasing cooperation and vigilance between law enforcement agencies on or near tribal communities; (3) increasing prevention and education efforts to support and enhance enforcement efforts; (4) engaging tribal and non-tribal communities on crime and substance-abuse matters; (5) increasing coordination for substance-abuse treatment referral services; (6) ensuring that project activities are culture-appropriate; and (7) evaluating project results through surveys, focus groups, and interviews. Federal funds will cover personnel salaries and fringe; OJP conference/meeting travel costs; office supplies (computers, printers, telephone and cell, and printing materials); consultant fees for evaluation services; and indirect expenses.


Date Created: August 15, 2006