Chaske Spencer is to speak on Wednesday, December 8th at the Tribal Justice Safety and Wellness Session in conjunction with the Office for Victims of Crime’s (OVC) 12th National Indian Nations Conference at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel.
In June 2009, the Justice Department announced the launch of a major new initiative to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities. This effort, now known as The Tribal Justice Safety and Wellness Session, was kicked off with a series of regional summits to seek input from tribal representatives. Planning sessions included department component leaders, tribal leaders and experts in relevant areas to begin a dialogue on a range of important issues including law enforcement policy and personnel; communications and consultation; grants and technical assistance; detention facilities; federal prosecution in Indian country; tribal court development; domestic violence; drug courts and substance abuse; federal litigation involving tribes; and civil rights.
Chaske is heavily involved in the area of reducing poverty and creating sustainable communities. He is engaged in several projects to that end through the non-profit UNITED GLOBAL SHIFT and his personal project SHIFT THE POWER TO THE PEOPLE. This leads to Spencer, who is a Native American from the Lakota Sioux tribe in Idaho and Montana, speaking on behalf of the tribal community.
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