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National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative Announces Recipients of 2017 Innovation Awards

Sep 1, 2017

Several Native groups from across the United States will receive funds to help address elder abuse thanks to grants from the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) Innovation Grant Program at the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School (UND) of Medicine and Health Sciences. The NIEJI Innovation Grant Program announced $150,000 in "Native Elder Abuse Innovation Awards" for 2017.

Tribes submitted proposals to create programs to prevent, identify, and address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in their communities. NIEJI Innovation Grant Program awarded funding to eight tribes from eight states to help them develop programs for their communities:

NIEJI Innovation Grant Program provides grants to tribal community-based organizations to carry out activities to prevent, identify, and/or address elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation in local tribal communities (rural or urban). There are five distinct areas of intervention in local tribal communities in addressing elder abuse:

  1. Innovative approaches to preventing and addressing elder abuse in Indian Country;
  2. To create awareness of elder abuse, its signs and impact;
  3. Development of tribal resolution code, and laws to address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation;
  4. Development of infrastructure, policies and procedures for reporting, investigating, and intervening in elder abuse cases in tribal communities; and
  5. Development of cross-jurisdictional processes for reporting, investigating, or intervening in elder abuse cases.

These grants will be for one year for projects to address the areas above or other innovative projects that will address elder abuse in their community.

These grants are funded by an award from the Administration for Community Living.

UND’s Center for Rural Health, works with tribal communities to help improve health outcomes and well-being for American Indians.

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