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Omaha Nation Community Response Team Nebraska Inter-Tribal Detention Initiative

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $150,000)

The Planning Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Competitive Grant Program assists tribes in developing strategies to cost effectively plan facilities associated with the incarceration and rehabilitation of juvenile and adult offenders subject to tribal jurisdiction. Careful planning is critical to ensure that correctional facilities, when completed, are appropriately designed for the intended population, supportive of cultural and traditional values, safe and secure when completed, and in compliance with Bureau of Indian Affairs' standards regarding correction operations, programs and design.

The Omaha Nation Community Response Team ONCRT) is a private non-profit organization that has a history of forming strong Omaha community partnerships, administering community assessments, providing evidence-based prevention programs, developing and enhancing legislation to protect children and families, and providing training and forums for community stakeholders to develop strategies to make changes within the community. ONCRT has been successful in braiding existing resources and bringing new funds to support changes in the tribal system of care. The Omaha Tribal Council has appointed the ONCRT as the 'Authorized Designee' for this proposed initiative. ONCRT is proposing to create a criminal justice complex on the Omaha Reservation, designed to serve as a regional correctional and rehabilitation facility serving the four federally recognized tribes of Nebraska (Omaha, Winnebago, Santee Sioux, and Ponca). This Nebraska Inter-Tribal Detention Initiative (NITDI) includes a new co-located adult and juvenile detention facilities built near existing buildings that can be renovated to meet the needs for rehabilitation and treatment as comprehensive 'step-down' programs, temporary housing of families involved in treatment, staff offices, and centralized law enforcement services. Members of the ONCRT will serve as the NITDI Planning Team for this initiative.


Date Created: August 19, 2008