OVW Consultation

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), Tribal Affairs Division, we are pleased to announce that registration and hotel room blocks are open for the 14th Annual Government-to-Government Tribal Consultation on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women, which will take place at the Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Michigan, co-hosted by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. Details are provided here on this website.

The Violence Against Women Act requires the OVW to hold an annual consultation with Indian tribal governments on violance against AIAN women. The purpose of the consultation is to solicit recommendations from tribal government leaders on three topic areas:
  1. Administering grant funds appropriated for tribal governments and programs created to benefit tribal governments by the original Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation;
  2. Enhancing the safety of Indian women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and
  3. Strengthening the Federal response to crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
OVW looks forward to receiving your important testimony and working with you to end violence in our tribal communities. We are very honored to serve in this role and participate with you in meaningful consultation that drives the work we do, together, for our AIAN people.

There is no charge for registration for this conference.

As authorized by Sheriann C. Moore, Deputy Director for Tribal Affairs, Office on Violence Against Women,OVW Tribal Affairs Division (TAD) is not requiring a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) to be approved by your OVW grant program specialist for the Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation to be held August 21-22, 2019, in New Buffalo, Michigan for the programs listed below. OVW has approved the use of OVW grant funds to support travel costs as follows:
  • OVW Tribal Coalitions Program, you do not need to submit a GAN for up to THREE people to be able to attend.
  • OVW Tribal Governments Program, you do not need to submit a GAN for up to THREE people to be able to attend.
  • OVW Tribal Sexual Assault Program, you do not need to submit a GAN for up to THREE people to be able to attend
  • OVW Tribal Jurisdiction Program, you do not need to submit a GAN for up to THREE people to be able to attend.
  • OVW Tribal SAUSA, you do not need to submit a GAN for up to THREE people to be able to attend.

We strongly encourage OVW tribal grantees to accompany/collaborate with their Tribal Leadership for this event in drafting appropriate testimony and briefing on protocols for VAW tribal consultation. If you intend to utilize grant funds from another OVW grant program (not listed above) or to support travel costs for attendance, please contact your OVW Grant Program Manager for prior approval. Please keep a copy of this notice in your grant file for auditing purposes.

Very respectfully yours,

Sherriann Moore (Rosebug Sicangu' Lakota)
Deputy Director, Tribal Affairs Division
Office on Violence Against Women
U.S. Department of Justice
145 N Street NE, Suite 10W.100
Washington, DC 20530