VAWA 2005 requires DOJ, HHS, and DOI to consult with Indian tribes on an annual basis. This interaction on a nation-to-nation basis has allowed tribal governments and the United States to discuss matters that at the broadest level impact the safety of Indian women, and to propose strategies to address these issues. The report from the 2016 consultation is available here. We hope that you will join our webinar to review outstanding or emerging issues to address the most serious roadblocks to the safety of Native women and how you can voice your concerns and provide recommendations to increase accountability and enhance the safety for Native women. Tribal Title, Section 903 Tribal Consultation Mandate The Tribal Consultation Mandate is found in Title IX. Safety for Indian Women §903. It specifically directs the Attorney General, Secretary of HHA and Secretary of Interior to conduct an annual consultation with Indian tribal governments concerning the federal administration of tribal funds and programs established under the Violence Against Women Act. During such consultations, DOJ, HHS, and DOI are required to solicit recommendations from Indian tribes concerning three specific areas: (1) Administering tribal funds and programs (2) Enhancing the safety of Indian women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking (3) Strengthening the federal response to such violent crimes In addition to these three general topics, the agencies also often release “framing papers” or consultation questions in advance of the consultation. Those have not yet been distributed, but we will circulate them as soon as they become available. 12th Annual Government to Government On Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation: When: October 3-4, 2017 Where: We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Fountain Hills, AZ For more information go to: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/tribal-consultation and logistical information will be available soon at: http://ovwconsultation.org
Tribal Consultation on Violence Against Women 2017: Why Attendance of Indian Tribes Is Urgent
September 25, 2017 • Virginia Davis, Juana Majel, Jacqueline Agtuca, Dorma Sahneyah
Engaging in Best Financial Management Practices: Understanding Single Audits
January 23, 2018 • Lora Helman
Effective financial management of non-profit organizations is an ongoing process of infusing good management habits. No matter how small your tribal coalition, a good financial management system helps ensure adequate internal controls, accurate accounting, and quality reporting. When staff and board are meeting their fiscal responsibilities, it helps the organization sustain for the long term to achieve its important mission. This webinar will seek to enhance the financial literacy of tribal coalition staff and boards, focusing first on providing an overview of CPA services and when each is applicable to an organization, then defining a Single Audit and its requirements (defined in basic terminology), and lastly, how to prepare your tribal coalition for an audit.
Domestic Violence and Housing Across Tribal Nations, Alaska Native Villages and Indian Communities
December 14, 2017 • Debbie Fox, Caroline LaPorte, Monica McLaughlin, Rose Quilt
This webinar will provide an overview of the current federal laws in place regarding shelter and housing in Indian Country and the responsibilities expressly outlined in the Violence Against Women Act. The webinar will also focus on the disparity in tribal housing and shelter in Native communities; will review ONAP’s recent report; and will give an overview of why victims of abuse need access to housing as a matter of survival. Participants will learn about HUD’s final rule and its application to Indian Country housing and shelter options. This webinar will also explore culturally responsive best promising practices to promote safe housing options for American Indian and Alaska Natives.
Effective Use of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) for Case Resolution
December 13, 2017 • BJ Spamer
The number of missing and unidentified persons in the United States poses one of the biggest challenges to law enforcement, medical examiners, and coroners tasked with resolving these important cases. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a national information clearinghouse and resource center which offers technology, forensic services, and investigative support to help resolve cases. Funded by the National Institute of Justice and managed through a cooperative agreement with the UNT Health Science Center, NamUs offers all services at no cost to agencies or families of the missing. The online NamUs databases are accessible to all, with secure case information accessible only to registered and vetted criminal justice users. Forensic odontology and fingerprint examination are offered through NamUs to support case comparisons, and DNA analyses and forensic anthropology services are offered through affiliated UNT Center for Human Identification laboratories. This webinar will focus on how technology can be a valuable resource to tribal nations working to build their capacity to respond to missing and murdered Indigenous peoples, and case studies will be provided to illustrate the effectiveness of the NamUs databases and forensic services.