Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $59,022)
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) (Pub. L. 109-248, 42 U.S.C. § 16901, et seq) authorizes the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) Office to administer sex offender management grants. These grants assist state, local and tribal jurisdictions in implementing and/or enhancing sex offender registration and notification programs that support compliance with Title I of the AWA, known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). SORNA was enacted to protect the public from convicted sex offenders and offenders against children by establishing a comprehensive national system for the registration of those offenders.
The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes plan to implement SORNA through collaboration with the Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office. The Tribes will fund personnel to implement SORNA requirements and functions, including registering and tracking sex offenders on the reservation. The sheriff's office will supply officers to work with the Tribes' SORNA Compliance Office to conduct spot checks of sex offenders. The SORNA Compliance Officer will also verify residency with greater frequency through mailing verification and conducting random telephone contacts, which allows for cross-checking information. The sheriff's office will assist in DNA collection and storage. To supplement these efforts and in order to increase public awareness, SORNA workshops will be presented to law enforcement and tribal organizations on a quarterly basis. Grant funds will also support the acquisition of equipment necessary to implement these activities and training for tribal law enforcement personnel regarding SORNA. In addition, the Tribes will provide community outreach to educate the general public about the Adam Walsh Act and its impact on public safety and the community at large.