Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $380,000)
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 requested funding will be used by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court System to facilitate the jurisdictional implementation of SORNA. The Tribe plans to: (1) hire and train personnel on SORNA compliance; (2) continue to communicate with other tribes, states, and federal agencies to share information and implementation strategies and resolve critical multi-jurisdictional challenges; (3) continue to gather program information vital to implementation activities by identifying and locating sex offenders residing, working, visiting, or moving through the Reservation so they can be registered and monitored; (4) collect, analyze and record data into electronic formats; (5) research and develop a multi-disciplinary culturally appropriate approach for community education and notification; (6) provide training for staff and tribal leadership, and surrounding agencies, involved in the project; and (7) review all documentation produced to date and inventory existing equipment to ensure the Tribe is on target with overall implementation requirements.