Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $118,372)
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 Sault Ste. Marie Tribe is working to complete its substantial implementation of SORNA by registering all resident sex offenders and notifying the community of their presence. In addition to carrying out its SORNA registration, verification and notification policies, Sault Tribe plans to (1) educate the community and tribal employees about SORNA and recent changes to Michigan registration laws; (2) gather and analyze data related to the conviction of juveniles and adult sex offenders to evaluate how sex offenders and their crimes are handled by the community; and (3) continue to review tribal laws, policies and procedures to ensure compliance with SORNA. The education portion of Sault Tribe's plan will be accomplished through mailings and notices in the newspaper, on Tribe's websites and during community educational meetings. ca/ncf