Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $272,286)
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) (42 U.S.C. § 16909, et seq.; Pub. L. 113-235, 128 Stat. 2130, 2193) authorizes the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) to administer sex offender management grants. These grants assist states, the District of Columbia, U.S. principal territories 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 White Mountain Apache Tribe will continue to plan, develop, educate and implement SORNA with FY 2017 AWA grant funds. The project will continue to provide for a sex offender registration program and continued support for a standard form of agreement with coordinated inter-agency and inter-jurisdictional efforts. To accomplish this strategy, the tribes continued goals include:
(1) Continued expansion of the SORNA program and recovery of program personnel;
(2) Enhancing technological infrastructure to seek new notification to the WMAT through cellular notifications;
(3) Continued progress of Tribal Access Program expansion for tribal, federal convicted sex offenders and long term progress of TAP through compliance and maintenance; and
(4) Continued collaboration with tribal jurisdictions and agencies on expanding policy and tribal criminal code dealing with sex offenders on and off the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, regarding registration, notification, and management.