Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $139,522)
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 Wyandotte Nation is working towards successful implementation of SORNA. To fulfill the goals of maintaining a Sex Offender Registration Office, staffing the Sex Offender Registration office with one full-time sworn officer dedicated to the Sex Offender Registration Program, and continually developing and improving the program to meet federal and tribal mandates, the Tribe is hoping to: (1) maintain a working relationship with local tribes and other jurisdictions, including surrounding counties and states, to distribute information related to performance methodologies and resolve critical multi-jurisdictional challenges; (2) build capacity to comprehensively conduct searches, using physical and technological methods, to identify and monitor sex offenders residing, working, visiting, or moving through the tribe's jurisdiction; (3) continue to use Wyandotte national strategic planning practices to build community involvement and education components necessary to train tribal staff and leadership; (4) maintain a dedicated staff position in Wyandotte Nation Tribal Police Department that will continue to meet and improve SORNA requirements and register/monitor offenders; and (5) ensure training and public notification are accomplished through the most efficient means.