Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $150,000)
This award is made under the FY 2007 Tribal Courts Assistance Program and it supports the development, implementation, enhancement, and continuing operation of tribal justice systems. Allowable elements under the program may include, but are not limited to: establishing a core structure for a tribal court, improving case management, training court personnel, acquiring additional equipment and/or software, enhancing prosecution and indigent defense, supporting probation diversion and alternative sentencing programs, accessing services, focusing on juvenile services and multi disciplinary protocols for child physical and sexual abuse, and structuring intertribal or tribal appellate systems.
The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe will use the Tribal Court Assistance Program funds to establish a Healing to Wellness Drug Court in their community. The first of the grant will be consumed with preparing the project for operation, including planning, preparing a policy and procedures manual, developing policy, and creating a training regimen. Office space will be secured and forms and operational tools will be created. Staff will be recruited for five part-time and one contractor positions. Appropriate training will be provided to all project personnel. In year two, the court begin to see up to ten client families within the Healing to Wellness Drug Court. The second part of year two activities will be a continuous evaluation process, comprised of two consumer and community questionnaires, and a series pre-tests, post-tests, and re-tests of project participants. Funds will be devoted primarily to salaries and fringe benefits for the named project staff and consultant fees. Additional funds will go to required travel and necessary supplies.