Apply for Funding: National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Community Awareness Projects

The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) has announced the availability of funding for next year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Community Awareness Projects.

Thanks to support from the Office for Victims of Crime, at least 60 communities will receive up to $5,000 each to support events and activities to promote public awareness of crime victim rights and available services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10 – 16, 2016.

Organizations eligible to apply for funding include local victim services providers, community coalitions, prosecutor offices, law enforcement agencies, faith-based organizations and other agencies/organizations interested in promoting crime victims’ rights and services.

The application deadline is Tuesday, November 17, 2015. NAVAA will also be holding an applicants’ webinar on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 beginning at 4:00 pm Eastern Time.  Registration is required by going to:

Please visit the NCVRW CAP website,, for additional information and applications.

Native Alliance Against Violence Seeks Outreach Coordinator

This position focuses on increasing awareness of domestic and sexual violence against Indian Women, and ensuring NAAV has a strong presence throughout Oklahoma by coordinating
outreach awareness events and distributing outreach materials, networking with Tribes and tribal domestic violence and/or sexual assault programs and professionals, and by coordinating
the delivery of education and outreach presentations and activities in Oklahoma Indian Country.  For more information, click here to see the job announcement.

Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country Training for Law Enforcement Officers

The U.S Department of Justice’s National Indian Country Training Initiative (NICTI) is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring the Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country Seminar.  The seminar will be held October 14-16, 2015, at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.  Travel and lodging accommodations will be paid for by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Education.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Office of Justice Services (OJS) issues Special Law Enforcement Commissions (SLECs) to tribal, federal, state, and local full-time certified law enforcement officers who will serve without compensation from the Federal government.  This process allows BIA to obtain active assistance in the enforcement of federal criminal statutes and federal hunting and fishing regulations in Indian country.  One of the criteria for receiving a SLEC (BIA Criteria) is attendance at the Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country (CJIC) course and passage of an exam at the end of the class with a score of 70% or higher.  While the SLEC is still issued by BIA, passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) of 2010 shifted primary responsibility for delivery of CJIC training to the Department of Justice.

The October 14-16, 2015, CJIC offering at the National Advocacy Center is the DOJ/BIA approved course that is frequently taught by USAO personnel at the District level.  This class is for law enforcement officers who fulfill all other BIA minimum requirements to receive a SLEC, and for USAO personnel who have responsibility under the TLOA to teach the CJIC class but may not have experience with the class format and materials.

Click here to download a form for each of your nominees and return as directed on the attached form. Nominations are due to the U.S. Department of Justice by August 28, 2015.

Identity Theft Victim Resource  is a new resource to help people report and recover from identity theft. It’s available in Spanish, too, at

In 2014, the Federal Trade Commission received over 330,000 complaints related to identity theft. can help people understand which critical steps to take first. It provides detailed advice, easy-to-print checklists, and sample letters.  The site also has advice for people whose information has been exposed in a data breach.

Please share with your network. And because identity theft can happen to anyone, share it with friends and family, too. For more information about the site, read our recent blog post: Recovering from identity theft is easier with a plan.

Looking for free identity theft resources to share in your community? Visit

Office Closed for the Week

Our office will be closed from Monday, May 11 to Friday, May 15 due to plumbing repairs being made to the building.  We will resume our normal office hours on Monday, May 18.

Should you need to reach us, our staff can be reached at (918) 456-5581.  Thank you.

Now Booking Summer Workshops

Sign Up Now for Your Free OVW Approved Training

The Institute for Native Justice (INJ) is funded by the Office of Violence Against Women to offer free training and technical assistance to OVW grantees.  INJ provides free online training and in-person workshops to help grantees achieve their goals.  Whether you are a brand new grantee with no previous experience or have an existing program, INJ encourages you to take advantage of these free training opportunities.  To sign up just go to our home page and click on the yellow box.


Women Leaders: Engines of Social Change

Columbian women visit 1Director Pam Moore and Sammye Rusco greeted the Columbian “Women Leaders: Engines of Social Change” visitors at the INJ office in Tahlequah, Oklahoma on Friday, March 6.  We truly enjoyed meeting these women from Columbia. They are serious about social change for women in their country. As requested by the group, Pam discussed INJ’s mission, projects and domestic and sexual violence issues facing Native women in the U.S.  The visitors were brought to AIRC by the Tulsa Global Alliance and U.S. Department of State.  The visitors included:  Isis Laudith Pulido Redondo, Elcilia Murillo, Alma Solano Sanchez, Kairen Margarita Gutierrez Tejedor, Bibiana Doria Escobar and Aleyda Murillo Granados.

Canada First Nations Group Visits INJ

2 3 2015 First Nations Canada Visit 2On Tuesday, February 3, INJ Director Pam Moore and Sammye Rusco had a lively conversation with eight representatives from the First Nations in Canada. The First Nations Governance group represented different tribes, provinces, organizations and interests. Their visit with us came about because of their interest in domestic violence prevention. They were on a tight schedule so the discussion was fast and interesting. We hope to stay in touch with these wonderful sister (and brother) Natives. Our First Nations visitors included: Caitlin Tolley, Melissa Mollen Dupuis, Ryan Francis, Leah Gazan, Pawa Haiyupis and Cheryl Cardinal. Thank you to the Tulsa Global Alliance and U.S. Department of State for hosting this group and bringing them to our corner of Oklahoma.

Employment Opportunity at SAMHSA: CSAT Director

Are you interested in being a strategic leader to improve public health in substance abuse treatment? SAMHSA is looking for candidates to fill the position of Director of the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).

CSAT provides national leadership to expand the availability of effective treatment and recovery services for alcohol and drug problems. CSAT’s focus is to improve access, reduce barriers, and promote high-quality, effective treatment and recovery services for people with these problems, substance use issues, or addiction, as well as for their families and communities.

The CSAT Director provides leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluating the Center’s goals. He or she is the focal point for SAMHSA’s efforts to improve and expand treatment for substance use disorders; plans, directs, and provides overall administration for the programs of CSAT; coordinates Center consumer education functions and develops effective strategies and materials; and monitors the conduct of equal employment opportunity activities of CSAT.

Interested candidates should apply to the announcement through

Closing Date: March 2, 2015

Learn More About the Position and Apply