Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $300,000)
Under the authority bestowed by 42 U.S.C. Section 3796ee-1, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) made under its Tribal Juvenile Accountability Discretionary Grants (Tribal JADG) Program to federally recognized tribal communities to develop and implement programs that hold AI/AN youth accountable for delinquent behavior and strengthen tribal juvenile justice systems. For the purposes of this program, 'juvenile' refers to youth ages 17 and younger. Federally recognized tribes may use program funds to address 1 or more of the 17 Tribal JADG Program's purpose areas.
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin is a federally recognized tribe and will use Tribal Juvenile Accountability Discretionary Grant funds to address the following purpose areas. Area 11 (establishing and maintaining accountability based programs designed to reduce recidivism among juveniles who are referred by law enforcement personnel or agencies), 14 (establishing and maintaining restorative justice programs). The tribe seeks to serve 563 youth identified as truant, ages 11-17. The project will develop a Menominee Teen Court Program to provide supportive services to truant, habitually truant youth, and youth exhibiting minor behavior problems. Youth will be held accountable for their actions and understand the impact of their decisions through participation in the program. The goal of the project is to establish and maintain a restorative justice accountability-based program that will reduce truancy rates, reduce recidivism, and reduce school incident reports by providing youth with supportive services and positive reinforcement. CA/NCF