Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $81,583)
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) (Pub. L. 109-248, 42 U.S.C. § 16901, et seq) authorizes the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) 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 Poarch Band of Creek Indians will establish a Tribal SORNA Team. The Team will work with key staff in the implementation of program activities. Activities will involve developing policies and procedures, working with the Tribe's Legal Department in revising Tribal codes, establishing cooperative agreements with other jurisdictions, NCIC access and developing linkages with other jurisdictional registries, community notification and website management, training for key staff and Tribal officials, and contracting with consultants for technical assistance as needed. The tribe will contract with an outside attorney that has Native American Law experience and preferably some experience in the requirements of SORNA to provide a draft revision to the code, then develop internal policies and procedures to address things needed (i.e. palm printing, DNA collection) for the implementation of the SORNA requirements.