Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $217,462)
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 Lummi Nation plans to complete the implementation process of SORNA, and provide and maintain compliance of sex offender living, working and/or participating in tribal services offered within the boundaries of the reservation. The tribe plans to complete SORNA implementation and compliance by: (1) completing the process of hiring/designating the Lummi Nation SORNA Officer and educating the Law and Justice Commission of the purposes of the grant funded program; (2) completing changes to Lummi Nation code of Law Title 5 needed to legally require registration, monitoring, and in person reporting conditions with SORNA; (3) completing an agreement with Washington State Patrol and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigations to enter Lummi Nation Registries; (4) developing policies and procedures for the Lummi Nation SORNA Team as a specialized unit within the Lummi Nation Police Department, and coordinating with Lummi Nation Housing, Education, Employment, and Health Services; (5) working with Whatcom County SORNA Officers and Bellingham City SORNA Officers to design a computer-based process for sharing information about all sexual offenders who share a connection with the Lummi Reservation; and (6) working with the Lummi Nation, Whatcom County, and City of Bellingham Information Services to develop and implement software to support the information sharing needed, compliant with applicable wireless security standards.