Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $400,000)
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 Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes seek to respond to delinquent registration of sex offenders, reduce criminal recidivism, and increase rehabilitation and public safety through a holistic and traditional healing approach of intervention, treatment, and reentry services. With FY 2017 AWA grant funds, the Tribe will sustain its sex offender registration personnel and program, implement cross-training staff, implement a hybrid model that incorporates Healing to Wellness Court and Circles of Support and Accountability, and develop new partnerships with surrounding registries and with victim's services.