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Department of Justice Awards $400,000 to the Yakama Nation to Enhance Its Sex Offender Registry

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Washington

Yakima, Washington – Vanessa R. Waldref, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, today announced a $400,000 Department of Justice grant to the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. The grant provides support and resources to the Tribes for maintaining a sex offender registry and ensuring sex offenders’ registration is current at all times.

The grant, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (the “SMART” Office), in the Office of Justice Programs, was awarded on September 6, 2022.  Funding was awarded pursuant to the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, 34 U.S.C. § 20901, et seq. In accordance with this Act, funding is made available to assist jurisdictions with developing and enhancing programs to meet two goals: (1) ensuring that all states and federally-recognized Indian Tribes maintain an active sex offender registry; and (2) requiring registered sex offenders to maintain a current registration in each jurisdiction where the individual lives, works, or goes to school.

In announcing the $400,000 award, U.S. Attorney Waldref stated, “The United States Justice Department is committed to devoting resources to support keeping communities safe and strong.” She continued, “Sex offender registration and community notification are essential to improving the safety of our communities. The $400,000 award will help ensure that the Yakama Nation and individual members of the community are able to track and monitor convicted sex offenders. This information is vital to ensure that parents, teachers and conscientious members of the community have the tools they need to keep our children and families safe in their schools, neighborhoods and homes.” 

The SMART Office administers the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), which sets forth a comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States. Among other things, SORNA requires that sex offender registries include the following information:  duration of registration, in-person verification of sex offender registration information, participation in the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (, and interjurisdictional notification of relocating offenders. More specific information about the implementation of SORNA is available at Information specific to implementation of SORNA in Indian Country is available at Additional information about grants and funding through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs is available at

Updated September 15, 2022

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