Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $166,500)
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 Pueblo of Cochiti is requesting first time funding so that they can take the next steps to complete their SORNA obligations. Successful implementation of SORNA requirements will be accomplished through a multijurisdictional, multiagency collaborative protocol. Those jurisdictions and agencies include the County of Sandoval and its Sheriffs Department, the State of New Mexico and its Department of Public Safety, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs and its Law Enforcement Services assigned to the Pueblo do Cochiti, as well as the Tribe itself with its tribal officials. To complete the SORNA obligations the Pueblo and its Taskforce will complete additions and revisions to the tribal code, act as a participant as well as a provider of training, education and outreach, and conduct a thorough internal assessment of need in collaboration with the State and the County of Sandoval to maximize the use of new or enhanced computer hardware and software capacity. Additionally, the Pueblo and its Taskforce will work closely with Legal Counsel to assure all legal, jurisdictional and procedural requirements are satisfied and hire and train an assistant to provide administrative support for the functions of the Tribal Court and Tribal Court Clerk.