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Culture Card: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness of American Indian and Alaska Natives provides basic information for Federal disaster responders and other service providers who may provide or coordinate services in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.  This guide is intended to serve as a general briefing to enhance cultural competence while providing services.

While this item is available through our website, the document can be ordered from SAMHSA by calling 1-877-726-4727 and asking for Publication Number 08-4354.


OJJDP Announces New Funding Opportunity

OJJDP has announced several fiscal year 2014 funding opportunities, including one of special interest to tribal applicants.

Youth With Sexual Behavior Problems Program. This program will fund agencies that utilize a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to providing intervention and supervision services for youth with sexual behavior problems and treatment services for their child victims and families. Applications are due by July 17, 2014.

Please note that there is special category under the Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems Program grant for Tribal Project Sites. Eligible applicants are limited to federally recognized tribal governments, (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) and tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

To learn more, please visit http://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2014/YSBP.pdf


Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FBPSA) Tribal Funding Applications Available

This announcement governs the proposed award of formula grants under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal organizations. The purpose of these grants is to assist Tribes in efforts to increase public awareness about, and primary and secondary prevention of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence and to provide immediate shelter and supportive services for victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, and their dependents. This announcement sets forth the application requirements, the application process, and other administrative and fiscal requirements for grants in Fiscal Year 2014. Grantees are to be mindful that although the expenditure period for grants is a two-year period, an application is required each year to provide continuity in the provision of services.

Deadline is June 30, 2014.  A copy of the RFP can be found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2014-ACF-ACYF-FVPS-0801.  For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Shena Williams at shena.williams@acf.hhs.gov.


State and Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grants Available

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) PPHF- 2014 Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (Short Title: State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements) (PPHF-2014).

The purpose of this program is to support states and tribes (including Alaska Villages and urban Indian organizations) in developing and implementing statewide or tribal youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies, grounded in public/private collaboration. Such efforts must involve public/private collaboration among youth-serving institutions and agencies and should include schools, educational institutions, juvenile justice systems, foster care systems, substance abuse and mental health programs, and other child and youth supporting organizations.

Eligible applicants are:

  • States (Including D.C. and the territories)
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes, tribal organizations (as defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Educational Assistance Act), or urban Indian organizations (as defined in the Indian Health Care Improvement Act) that are actively involved in the development and continuation of a tribal youth suicide early intervention and prevention strategy
  • Public or private non-profit organizations designated by a state, federally recognized Indian tribe, tribal organization, or urban Indian organization, to develop or direct the state/tribal-sponsored youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategy

No single state agency is mandated to be the lead for State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Program grants, as states differ in which state agency has taken the lead for suicide prevention (e.g., Department of Health, Department of Mental Health). Where states have a plan that designates a lead agency, that agency should act as the lead or should designate an alternative lead for State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grant Program. If the state plan does not designate a lead agency, justify the selection of the lead agency for this application. Although only one agency should be the lead, inclusion of all youth-serving agencies is expected.

The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.

States and/or tribes who have been previous recipients of the State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Program award who do not currently have a grant are eligible but are required to address how this grant award will build on and/or expand the work of the earlier grant awards and not simply continue what was done previously.

For more information, visit the SAMHSA website.


National Crime Victims Week

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) is being observed April 6–12, 2014. This year’s theme—30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice—celebrates three decades of extraordinary progress made on behalf of millions of victims since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). This commemorative week has been set aside since 1981 to honor crime victims and the advocates, counselors, first responders, and others who assist them in their time of need.

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) helps communities throughout the Nation to promote victims’ rights and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. Candlelight vigils, presentations about the impact victims have on the field, and numerous community service projects are happening during NCVRW.

A video is available that highlights this year’s theme and the progress made since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act in 1984, which makes victims’ services and rights more open, inclusive, and flexible.

“The Faces of Human Trafficking,” a 60-second television PSA, intends to raise public awareness of human trafficking, demonstrate how anyone can be a victim, and show that survivors of this crime have very diverse backgrounds and experiences.

For more information, visit the Office for Victims of Crime website.


Supreme Court Rules: No Guns for Convicted Batterers

Courtesy of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Momentous Supreme Court Ruling Will Save Lives

March 26, 2014: The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) applauds the Supreme Court in ruling today that people convicted of minor domestic violence offenses can be barred from possessing guns. They also ruled that this law can be enforced even in states where no proof of physical force is required to support the domestic violence charge.

“This ruling will literally save lives,” says NCADV executive director, Rita Smith. “A woman’s risk of being killed increases by 500% when a gun is present in domestic violence situations–not fifty percent, not one hundred percent—Five Hundred Percent. Prohibiting convicted batterers from possessing guns is just simple common sense and we are thrilled that the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that federal law supports this.”

The ruling stemmed from the case, United States vs. Castleman, in which James Alvin Castleman plead guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault in Tennessee in 2001. In his case, it was alleged that he intentionally or knowingly caused bodily injury to the mother of his child. Seven years later, it was discovered that Castleman and his wife were buying firearms and selling them on the black market.

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that this is indeed not okay, regardless of Castleman’s efforts to convince a federal court that he was not guilty of illegal gun possession because his guilty plea for a Tennessee domestic violence offense did not qualify under federal law because of the way domestic violence is defined by Tennessee statute.

Domestic violence is defined differently by law in different states; however, the Court upheld that even more minor forms of physical force used in violent relationships constitutes misdemeanor offenses and should be taken seriously. While misdemeanor domestic violence offenses often consist of more minor acts such as pushing, grabbing, shoving, slapping, and hitting compared to public understanding of more extreme violent acts against a stranger, it is important to understand that these smaller acts of violence are used by abusers over time to establish control and dominance over an intimate partner and frequently build in severity. For US women, this too often means the violence will get worse. Add a gun to the mix and the likelihood of their being killed with that gun by their abusive partner increases exponentially.

Executive Director Rita Smith continues, “We cannot express enough how important this ruling was today. Any other ruling would have significantly undermined women’s safety. Knowing that more than half of female intimate partners are more likely to be killed by a gun than any other weapon, today feels like an incredible victory.”


Grants Encourage Progressive Ideas

Wallace Global Fund

The mission of the Wallace Global Fund is to promote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends. The Fund seeks to further its mission through systemic change as well as fundamental public policy shifts. Grants are provided for initiatives at the national and global levels, as well as for significant local or regional initiatives offering the potential to leverage broader impact. The focus is on funding programs that address environmental resource depletion and system collapse, corporate abuses and the concentration of corporate power, planetary carrying capacity, sustainable human population, women’s human rights, civic engagement, civil liberties, equal justice, independent media, and media policy. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time; invited applications are reviewed quarterly. Visit the Fund’s website for online application guidelines.


Rural Community Workshops Funded

Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design

The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) provides rural communities throughout the United States access to the resources they need to convert their own good ideas into reality. CIRD offers annual competitive funding to as many as four small towns or rural communities to host an intensive, two-and-a-half day community workshop. CIRD’s contribution includes a $7,000 stipend and in-kind technical assistance and design expertise valued at $35,000. Support is provided for rural communities with a population of 50,000 or less. The application deadline is May 6, 2014. Visit the CIRD website to learn more about the program.