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Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Choctaw chevron logoName of Program: Choctaw SANE-SART Project

SANE-SART Coordinator: Alyssa Ben, MBCI SANE-SART Coordinator

Address:  101 Industrial Road, Choctaw, MS  39350
Phone:  601-663-7791
E-mail: alyssa.ben@choctaw.org

Jurisdiction: Choctaw Police Department, PL 93-638, non-PL280 state

Government: The Mississippi Band of Choctaws is governed by a tribal chief and a 17-member tribal council who are elected to 4-year terms by members of the tribe. The tribal chief is selected by the entire tribe. The tribal council membership is based on population size within their respective communities, with elections held on staggered 4-year terms.

Tribes served: Eight communities within the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

  1. Bogue Chitto
  2. Bogue Homa
  3. Conehatta
  4. Crystal Ridge
  5. Pearl River
  6. Red Water
  7. Standing Pine
  8. Tucker

Location/region covered: Mississippi. "The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indian Reservation contains more than 35,000 acres of land situated throughout Mississippi, in 10 different counties. Pearl River, the site of Tribal Government Headquarters, is the largest Choctaw community and is located in Neshoba County. There are eight recognized Choctaw tribal communities and over 10,000 enrolled members. Approximately 9,200 members live on or near the reservation."

Official Web site: www.choctaw.org/

Culture: "Choctaw culture is a vital aspect of community life. The entire community turns out for school spring festivals to watch children dance and enjoy a traditional meal of hominy, frybread, and fried chicken." (Source: Choctaw Culture.) Each year, the community hosts the annual Choctaw Indian Fair where the beadwork of Choctaw artists is displayed, the skills of Choctaw dressmakers are visible, and where community dance groups perform for friends and visitors. Wisdom, recipes, advice about life, dance steps, Choctaw words, basket patterns, and what it means to be Choctaw are passed along from each generation through social dance, stickball, basket making, traditional clothing, foodways, and other cultural traditions. (Source: Choctaw Culture.)


Partners:

  • U.S. Attorney/Federal Prosecutor and Victim Witness Specialist
  • Tribal Victim Assistance Coordinator
  • Liaison for the tribe with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Department of Public Safety-Choctaw Law Enforcement Services
  • Mississippi state law enforcement
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Department of Family and Community Service
    • Children and Family Services
    • Assistance Services Program
    • Food Distribution Program
    • Elderly Social and Nutrition Program
    • Family Violence and Victims’ Services.
  • Choctaw Behavioral Health
  • Choctaw Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Tribe’s Attorney General’s Office
  • Choctaw Health Department
  • Three existing Multidisciplinary teams:
    • Child sexual assault
    • Adult sexual assault
    • Vulnerable adult/elder abuse-sexual assault

Relationships with:

  • Advocates
  • Law enforcement
  • Prosecutors
  • Youth services
  • School system
  • Health providers
  • Early child hood education
  • Social services

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Southern Indian Health Council, Inc.


Southern Indian Health Council logoName of program: SANE-SART Tribal Program

SANE-SART Coordinator: Charity White

Jurisdiction: PL280 State

Government: The tribes within SIHC's consortium operate on a democratic government with an elected Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, and Secretary. There are a number of other elected positions that vary by Tribe.

Tribes served: Seven Bands of Kumeyaay Indians

  1. Barona
  2. Campo
  3. Ewiiaapaayp
  4. Jamul
  5. La Posta
  6. Manzanita
  7. Viejas

Location/Region covered: Southern California

  • The immediate area served by Southern Indian Health Council, Inc. (SIHC), has an estimated client population of 10,103 American Indians, as determined by the U.S. Indian Health Service. SIHC’s client population lives on, or near, reservations in rural areas of the southeast quadrant (1,490 sq. miles) of San Diego County.

Official Web site: www.sihc.org/


Culture: The Kumeyaay are Native Californians who have lived, and currently live in San Diego County, Imperial County, and Baja California, Mexico. The Kumeyaay maintain their traditions so they can remember how their ancestors lived. The singing of bird songs and the playing of Peon are examples of how the Kumeyaay remember and learn about their culture today. Many Kumeyaay also continue to make traditional baskets, willow bark skirts, and other items to keep their traditions alive and share them with others. In the past, women might have made baskets because they needed them. Today, even though they can go to the store to buy a container, they may still learn to make baskets as did their mothers and grandmothers so that they can maintain an important tradition. The Kumeyaay were experts on how to survive in the varying climates of the San Diego and Baja California regions. They used available natural resources for food, clothing, shelter, and even to make music and games. The Kumeyaay also adapted to climate variations such as drought by storing food and water in preparation. Due to their vast knowledge of the area and understanding of the environment, the Kumeyaay survived in this region for thousands of years before European contact.

Partners:

  • East County Domestic Violence Coalition
  • Center for Community Solutions
  • San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
  • Spring Valley Youth and Family Coalition
  • San Diego Police Department
  • Three tribal health clinics in San Diego County (Alpine Clinic, Campo Clinic, La Posta Substance Abuse Center)
  • Children’s Services Bureau
  • Kumeyaay Family Services (wrap-around family service programs)
  • Indian Child Welfare
  • REVIVE (Rally to Empower Victims Impacted by Violence Through Education)
  • Patient Advocacy/General Assistance Services
  • Safe Havens Supervised Visitation and Exchange Program.

Relationships with:

  • Victim services organizations
  • Law enforcement
  • Social services
  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse services
  • Legal assistance
  • Housing programs for victims
  • Other relevant social services to provide wrap-around care for clients.

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Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC)

Tuba logo

Name of Program: TCRHCC SANE/SART Program

SANE-SART Coordinator: Gwenytha S. Parrish, RN MSN

Jurisdiction: Navajo Police Department, PL 93-638

Government: TCRHCC is governed by a Board of Directors from the grass roots level, representing eight Navajo chapters. The Hopi village of Moencopi, and the San Juan Paiute Tribe. Board members are available and accessible to answer questions and hear community input.

Tribes served:

  • Eighteen Navajo chapters
  • Birdsprings, Az
  • Bodaway/Gap, Az
  • Cameron, Az
  • Chilchinbeto, Az
  • Coalmine Canyon, Az
  • Coppermine, Az
  • Dennehotso, Az
  • Inscription House, Az
  • Kaibeto, Az
  • Kayenta, Az
  • Lechee, Az
  • Navajo Mountain, Az & Ut
  • Shonto, Az
  • Tolani Lake, Az
  • Tonalea, Az
  • Tuba City, Az
  • Hopi village of Moencopi
  • San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe

Location/Region covered: Northern Arizona

  • The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) is located in Northern Arizona on the land known as the Colorado Plateau. This semi-desert landscape varies in elevation from 4,400 in the Little Colorado River Valley to nearly 7,000 feet at Preston Mesa. TCRHCC provides services to a 4,400 square mile area and serves as a referral center for the western part of the Navajo and Hopi Reservations.

Official Website: http://tchealth.org

Culture:  The unique community of Tuba City offers a culturally rich environment. The Native American tribes located and served here are the Navajo, Hopi, and Southern Paiute.

Partners:

  • Navajo Division of Health Victim Advocate
  • Northern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (NACASA)
  • Victim/Witness Services of Coconino County (VWS)
  • Safe Child Center (SCC)
  • Navajo Nation Division of Social Services
  • Child Protective Services
  • Navajo Division of Public Safety
  • Coconino County Coordinated Community Response Team to Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
  • NW Navajo Nation Coordinated Community Response Team
  • Hozhooji ool daa, Inc. (HOD)
  • Hopi Tewa Women’s Coalition to End Abuse

Relationships with:

  • Law enforcement
  • Emergency responders (EMT/ambulance)
  • Advocates
  • Social services
  • Health services (Medical, Behavioral, Mental)
  • Health care providers
  • Civil justice practitioners
  • Forensic scientists
  • Prosecutors
  • Emergency shelters
  • Child protective services
  • Probation, corrections, and parole officers
  • Sex offender management professionals

Current services:

  • Adult sexual assault exams through the Emergency Department
  • Onsite mental health services

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