OVW Consultation – Tribal Leader Invitation

OVW-TL
U. S. Department of Justice
Office of the Associate Attorney General
The Associate Attorney General
Washington, D.C. 20530
September 23, 2013

Dear Tribal Leader,

We are honored to invite your participation in a government-to-government consultation to be held October 30 & 31, 2013 at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, North Dakota. The first day will include a half-day Department of Justice (DOJ) Grants Consultation and a half-day Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grants Consultation. The second day will be devoted to the full day Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation.

Wednesday (Day 1) – Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services Grant Funding

In the first half of Wednesday, DOJ officials would like to hear feedback from tribal leaders about resource needs and grant funding priorities, experiences with the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) process utilized for DOJ’s tribal government-specific grants in Fiscal Year 20I0, 20II, 2012, and 2013, and recommendations for improving the process for Fiscal Year 2014. The CTAS process is an effort to streamline the DOJ’s tribal government specific grant-making process. CTAS combines DOJ’s existing tribal government specific competitive grant solicitations into a single solicitation, thus requiring only one application from each tribe, tribal coalition or tribal consortium.

In addition, the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) would like to hear feedback regarding our exploration of changing OVW funding to tribes from discretionary, competitive funding to a non-competitive, formula distribution as requested by some Tribal Leaders at previous consultations. In the second half of day one, officials from HHS would like to hear feedback from tribal leaders about the Family Violence Prevention Services (FVPSA) formula grant process.

Thursday (Day 2) – Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation

The purpose of the violence against women consultation is to solicit recommendations from tribal leaders on the following three topics:

  • Enhancing the safety of American Indian and Alaska Native women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking;
  • Strengthening the Federal response to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking; and
  • Administering grant funds appropriated for tribal governments and programs created to benefit tribal governments by the original Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation.

OVW will send out additional consultation questions and briefing materials along with OVW’s report on 2012 consultation recommendations within the next few weeks.

The Department of Justice will be joined by our colleagues from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of the Interior for this portion of the consultation.

We look forward to seeing you at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. If you have questions about the Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation, please contact Lorraine Edmo at Lorraine.Edmo@usdoj.gov or 202-307-6026. If you have questions about DOJ grant funding (CTAS), please contact Eugenia Tyner-Dawson at Eugenia.Tyner-Dawson@usdoj.gov or 202- 353-3442.

Sincerely,
Tony West
Associate Attorney General

Download the full invitation letter at:
http://www.ovwconsultation.org/documents/Tribal_Leader_10-30-13_ND_Invite.pdf

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