Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $750,000)
The Department of Justice developed a comprehensive and coordinated approach for tribal governments to apply for funding to reduce and prevent crime and victimization. Through this process, the Department's existing tribal government-specific programs are included in, and available through, a single Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). Through this solicitation, only one application was accepted from each federally recognized tribe to encourage comprehensive assessments of need and planning. Each tribe could apply for funding under up to nine purpose areas, which included funding from the Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS), Office of Justice Programs (including BJA, Office for Victims of Crime, and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) and Office on Violence Against Women. The tribe had the flexibility to select the purpose areas whose funding addressed the needs of the tribe as outlined in its tribal and community profile. There were nine purpose areas in total, and purpose area 3 was dedicated to Justice Systems, and Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention.
The Tribal Courts Assistance Program (TCAP) will fund a portion of the projects selected for award through purpose area 3. Tribes were encouraged to apply for funds under one or more of the following goals and objectives to: develop and enhance the operation of Tribal justice systems; train Tribal justice staff; plan new or enhance existing various Tribal courts, such as peacemaking courts, healing to wellness courts, sentencing circles, and other alternative justice courts; and support diversion programs, Tribal probation services, and alternative dispute resolution methods.
The Traditional Village of Togiak will use funds to develop a frame work for transferring adult misdemeanor cases from the Alaska Court System (ACS) to Tribal Court. Funds will also be used to enhance the local Tribal Court by providing case management and follow-up services for offenders. The Tribal Court will incorporate its Yupik traditions and culture for alcohol/drug/behavioral health treatment for offender rehabilitation. Behavioral health counseling will be delivered in the Yupik traditional context to tribal members utilizing the Qasgi model as well as providing one on one counseling with an elder counselor.