2002 Conference Updates
Request for Conference Evaluations:
Thank you for attending the 8th National Strengthening Indian Nations: Justice for Victims of Crime conference in Palm Springs.
It was wonderful to see you all and we hope that will find the resources and interaction at the conference useful in expanding the circle of safety, justice and healing for victims of crime in your community.
To help improve the conference in the future, we ask that you please fill out an overall
conference evaluation (Adobe
Acrobat Reader is required to view this file). All evaluations received by
December 16, 2002 by 5:00 PM PST will be eligible for a final raffle contest.
We will be raffling off framed, signed conference posters. We will ship the posters directly to you.
There will also be a range of runner-up prizes that we will mail to winners. But we must receive your evaluation by December 16, 2002 to be eligible for the contest.
Certificates of Attendance: If you didn’t pick up your certificate of attendance, we will mail your certificate to you upon receipt of your evaluation. The deadline for receiving an evaluation in order to send you a certificate of attendance is December 31, 2002.
Thank you again for making the 8th National Strengthening Indian Nations’ conference such a success. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the conference.
Remember to fax your completed conference
evaluation forms to us at: 1-323-650-8149 no later than December 16, 2002.
If you have questions or comments, call us at 1-323-650-5467.
The Office for Victims
of Crime (OVC), Office of Justice Programs, within the U.S. Department of Justice is pleased to announce the 8th National Strengthening Indian Nations: Justice for Victims of Crime Conference. The Conference will be held December 5-7, 2002,
in Palm Springs California, with the theme “United Voices: Expanding the Circle of Safety, Justice and Healing.” This year’s conference is coordinated by the
Tribal Law and Policy Institute under a grant from OVC.
The purpose of the 8th National Indian Nations Conference- the
largest Department of Justice sponsored
Indian Nations conference - is to bring together Native American victims, victim
advocates, tribal leaders, victim service providers, community volunteers,
prosecutors, judicial and law enforcement personnel, family violence and sexual
assault specialists, medical providers, social services and mental health
personnel, probation/corrections, criminal justice and juvenile justice
personnel, as well as federal and state agency representatives to share their knowledge,
experiences and ideas for developing programs that serve the unique needs of
crime victims in Indian Country.
- To Promote Healing for Victims
- To Honor Survivors and Helpers
- To Promote Cooperation and Networking
- To Provide Skills Building Training
- To Share Promising Practices
Office for Victims of Crime
The Office for Victims of Crime
was established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) to serve as the
federal government’s chief advocate for America’s crime victims. OVC
administers many formula and discretionary grants for programs designed to
benefit crime victims, provides training for diverse professionals who work with
crime victims, and develops projects to enhance victim’s rights and services. OVC is committed to enhancing the Nation's capacity to assist crime victims
and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to
promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. OVC works with national,
international, state, military, and tribal victim assistance and criminal
justice agencies, as well as other professional organizations, to promote
fundamental rights and comprehensive services for crime victims.
OVC is committed to:
- Enacting and enforcing consistent, fundamental rights for crime victims.
- Providing crime victims with access to comprehensive, quality services.
- Integrating crime victims' issues into all levels of the Nation's
- Supporting, improving, and replicating promising practices in victims'
rights and services.
- Ensuring that the voices of crime victims play a central role in the
Nation's response to violence.
Tribal Law and Policy
The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (the
Institute) is an Indian owned and operated non-profit
corporation organized to design and deliver education, research, training, and
technical assistance programs which promote the improvement of justice in Indian
country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples. The Institute
focuses upon collaborative programs that provide critical resources for tribal
court systems, victims assistance programs, and others involved in promoting the
improvement of justice in Indian country. The Institute seeks to facilitate the sharing of resources so that Indian Nations and tribal justice systems have access to resources that they can adapt to meet the individual needs of their communities.
The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians will be holding its 6th Annual
Winter Gathering Pow Wow December 6 through December 8 on the grounds of the Spotlight
29 Casino in Palm Springs. A celebration of Native American traditions, the Pow Wow will
feature dancers from Mexico, Canada, and across the United States; drum groups
from throughout the country and Canada competing for top honors; a wide variety
of food booths; and an excellent display of Arts and Crafts.
For more information, contact committee members Brandy GoodBuffalo and Earl
Thomas at 760-775-3239, or Robert Paull at 760-775-2853.