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Justice Center Grant


On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice awarded Kaw Nation with a grant of almost $1 million for a multipurpose justice center in Kaw City. This will combine the court and police department and feature an expanded court room.

“This grant will consolidate resources to provide coordinated services,” said Grants and Contracts Director Bernadette Hicks.

The justice center will host offices for Judicial Branch staff, officers and a satellite office for the Kaw Nation emergency manager. Also, court attendees will find a larger waiting room than the current one at the administration building.

The facility will have one temporary holding cell, as well as a room that functions as a safe room and safe exchange room to ensure that victims and offenders do not interact.

The justice center will be a place for coordinated services of the police department, Indian Child Welfare, Tribal Court, Emergency Management, Child Support Services and Domestic Violence.

The grant provides for the renovation of the administrative building at 698 Grandview Drive in Kaw City and relocation of staff to Newkirk. The repurpose phase of the grant is projected to be completed in 18 months after the grant starts on Oct. 1. Kaw Nation has already begun working with the Tulsa District Corps of Engineers on this and developed the repurpose design.

Kaw Nation developed a comprehensive court strategic plan to guide the modernization of the tribal court system.

Kaw Nation Chairman Guy Munroe had approached Hicks after she entered the position about the need for a justice center due to the small size of the courtroom and overflow of court attendees in the administration building. They spent some years looking for the grant that best fits the needs of the nation.

“The chairman deserves all the glory in the world for this,” Hicks said.

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