Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $200,023)
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 Keweenaw Bay Indian Community proposes to sustain and improve its SORNA Program by using AWA grant funds to support the position of SORNA Coordinator. In addition, the tribe will enhance SORNA implementation by addressing: collaboration with local, state and federal law enforcement to improve information sharing; review and update of tribal code, polices and procedures; continued outreach and coordination with tribal courts, social services, housing and personnel offices to aid information sharing; and, community awareness of the sex offender registry.