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Turtle Mountain Tribal Court & "Pish Kay Maw" (Take Care) Project

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $270,893)

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 developing and/or enhancing sex offender registration and notification programs that support substantial implementation of 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 Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (TMBCI) developed a project entitled "Pish Kay Mou" Take Care Project which is in the process of implementation of the requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. In order to further compliance with SORNA, TMBCI plans to work on the following: develop and codify tribal court laws that address registration of sex offenders including establishing legal processes for existing misdemeanor offenses; engage in pending negotiations regarding a cooperative agreement between TMBCI and the state of North Dakota, as well as with the state of North Dakotas Attorney General; fully develop data management processes necessary for information sharing with key partnerships within AW registry process; have regulatory process for collaboration with regulations governing North Dakota Tribes engaged in AW registry; and collaborate with county, region, state and national registry participants. The director of the project will also receive train-the-trainer education for SORNA requirements and utilize training to inform AW participants locally and within the region.


Date Created: September 1, 2010