Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $450,000)
Part of the Indian Country Law Enforcement Initiative, a joint initiative of DOJ and the U.S. Department of the Interior to improve law enforcement and the administration of criminal and juvenile justice in Indian country, OJJDP's Tribal Youth Program (TYP) supports and enhances tribal efforts to prevent and control delinquency and strengthen the juvenile justice system for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth. This program is authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended and the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub. L. 111-8.
The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is a Federally Recognized Tribe in Northern Wisconsin with a population listed in the Bureau of Indian Affairs AIPLFR (column A) of 6,230 members. The focus of this grant application will be TYP Category One (1) serving school age youth from kindergarten through high school, ages 6-17. The number of juveniles proposed to be served per year is targeted at 50. The youth will reside on or around the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation, Sawyer County, Wisconsin. The Boys and Girls Club of Lac Courte Oreilles will be the setting for utilizing after school and school based prevention in partnership with LCO Indian Child Welfare and the local schools. This will be a prevention project for outreach and support targeting first time and habitual truants. The overall goal of this grant is to dramatically reduce or eliminate the truancy issue for Native American students. Objectives will include identifying and addressing the causes of truancy and provide a framework for implementing a Comprehensive Truancy Prevention Project to include all stakeholders addressing Tribal Youth Program Area One (1). Progress towards this goal will be evaluated and measured through a trained Prevention Specialist working with LCO ICW and Boys and Girls Club's staff. A Tribal Resolution is provided with this application in support of the Boys and Girls Clubs efforts. The Tribal Governing Board consists of seven (7) members elected to four year terms. CA/NCF