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Twahwahtsi Lay (Dah Wah Jee Leya)

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $500,000)

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. launched a Department-wide initiative on public safety and victim services in Tribal communities. As part of this effort, Department of Justice (DOJ) leadership conducted a series of meetings across the country addressing violent crime in Tribal communities. As a result, DOJ developed the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, combining DOJ's existing Tribal government-specific competitive solicitations into one, and thus requiring only one application from each Tribe or Tribal consortium. This approach provides federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal consortia the opportunity to develop a comprehensive approach to public safety and victimization issues. This award was selected under Purpose Area #8, Prevent and control delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system (OJJDP-Tribal Youth Program - TYP), CFDA #16.731, authorized under the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010, Division B, Title II, Public Law 111-117, 123 Stat. 3122, 3134.

The Oneida Tribe of Indians seeks funding for the "Twahwahtsi'lay^" project, which is a continuum of care for 17 youth based on culturally relevant responses to youth, families and community for situations where individuals and their behaviors are out of balance. The two primary project goals are the implemenation of prevention/early intervention services and a more proactive juvenile court system. The project has three components, restoring the fire, readdressing their mind, and rejoining the circle of care. Restoring the fire brings balance to a situation, readdressing their mind goes beyond restorative justice to assist youth in coming to balance and realizing cultural connections and rejoining the circle reconnects youth with the community. An individual plan and a restorative plan will be developed to bring positive change and an intervention team will assist in the development of both plans. Pre and post tests for the youth will be gathered and participant surveys will occur. Statistics regarding truancy, suspensions, expulsions, police contact and status offences will be tracked.


Date Created: September 14, 2010