Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $91,794)
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 United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma propose to enhance the accessibility of sex offender registry information by addressing inadequate technology and telecommunications in the jurisdiction. The project objectives include enhancing jurisdiction efforts to address victim and public safety in specified settlement areas. Activities will include building partnerships with the UKB Lighthorse law enforcement and communities/settlements, attending training, and continued community awareness sessions. These efforts will enhance the notification requirements of SORNA by making information available and accessible for the settlements, including via non-telecommunications dependent means if needed.