Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $91,454)
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) (Pub. L. 109-248, 42 U.S.C. § 16901, et seq) authorizes the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) Office to administer sex offender management grants. These grants assist state, local and tribal jurisdictions in implementing and/or enhancing sex offender registration and notification programs that support compliance with 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.
To comply with SORNA requirements, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe will develop a specialized unit, create and further develop programs and functions of a Sex Offender Registration Program, and establish a Compliance Officer who will conduct random in-person checks on offenders as well as mail verifications to determine compliance with residency requirements. Along with the creation of a Policy and Procedures Manual, the Compliance Officer will establish a system for the collection of important data associated with sex offenders including finger and palm prints and DNA samples. All major law enforcement will attend SORNA Awareness workshops during the grant period which will include discussion of the registration and notification procedures of the Northern Cheyenne jurisdiction. A public outreach campaign will educate the general public about SORNA and the Tribe's work to implement the requirements of SORNA.