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Prevention and reduction of alcohol and substance abuse related crimes through supervised probation.

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $300,000)

The FY 2008 Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (IASAP) provides funding and technical assistance to federally recognized tribal governments to plan, implement, or enhance tribal justice strategies to address crime issues related to alcohol and substance abuse. Key IASAP objectives include: developing a project activity team; identifying, apprehending, and prosecuting 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; developing and enhancing collaborations with federal, state, tribal, and local criminal justice agencies; integrating tribal and non-tribal services for offenders and their families; and making available culturally appropriate treatment and other services.

The Three Affiliated Tribes are a Native American group comprising a union of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nations, whose people and native lands once ranged across the Missouri River basin in the Dakotas. The Tribes believe their presence in North America is from the beginning of time and each Nation maintains separate bands, clan systems, and ceremonial bundles. Today, the Fort Berthold Reservation in northwestern North Dakota, along both sides of the Missouri River, is home to the Three Affiliated Tribes, and the seat of tribal government is near New Town. The Three Affiliated Tribes will use this grant to ensure the continuity of its traditions and culture while maintaining its sovereignty and self-determination by developing an alcohol and substance abuse recovery program. The goals of the program are to establish an electronic information sharing system, increase cooperation among tribal agencies to treat alcohol and substance abuse offenders in the criminal justice system, and reduce the number of repeat drug and alcohol offenders by 25 percent.

The grant funds will be used to enforce and prosecute substance abuse laws, expand services to perpetrators and victims, and enhance prevention and intervention activities. The funds will be used to hire a Probation/Project Director and for other necessary contracts, equipment, and supplies. The Tribe's 20/20 Visioning Council will serve as an Advisory Board and oversee program implementation, administration, and evaluation. The Probation/Project Director will issue thorough, comprehensive written progress and fiscal reports on a regular schedule to keep all interested parties apprised of its efforts of moving forward toward the goal of having a drug and alcohol treatment program dedicated to the health and safety of the people of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nations.


Date Created: September 7, 2008