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Tribal Drug and Alcohol Enforcement and Prevention Project

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $250,000)

The FY 2007 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 (with a priority on methamphetamine), 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 Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe will utilize the Fiscal Year 2007 IASAP funds to enhance law enforcement efforts and drug treatment services to combat the increase in the manufacturing, use, and trafficking of illegal substances, particularly methamphetamines, on the Pyramid Lake Reservation. Over the past several years, the Pyramid Lake Tribal Police Department has noted an increase in the number of arrests and incidents for a variety of drug offenses. Recent arrests for possession and use of illegal drugs on the Reservation have increased dramatically. Pyramid Lake is a major recreational area for fishing, camping, and boating during Nevada's hot periods. A large number of crimes involving trafficking and distribution of illegal substances are common in this area and during these periods. The Tribe's only [drug] treatment services currently available are for out-patient counseling through the Tribe's Sumunumu Substance Abuse Prevention Program, which is operated by the Pyramid Lake Tribal Health Center. The Center does not have a director to coordinate treatment and referral services for drug offenders.

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe will address these main issues by implementing a three-tier approach: (1) Create a multi-disciplinary task force to coordinate the Tribe's efforts to combat the growing drug problem; (2) create a Drug Enforcement Unit in the police department comprised of a drug enforcement officer and a K-9 Unit to strengthen current law enforcement efforts within the Reservation; and (3) establish a Sumunumu Substance Abuse Director position to coordinate treatment and referral services for drug offenders. Federal funds will cover personnel and fringe (two positions); travel costs (local and BJA trainings); equipment (computers and one mini-van to be used for treatment, counseling services, and in-home visitations); general office supplies; education and prevention materials; and other costs (cellular services, K-9 drug dog, and K-9 training classes).


Date Created: September 9, 2007