MAYETIA, Kan. -The Department of Justice honored the Prairie Band Potawatomi
Nation’s (PBPN) Tribal Victim Services program for creating a healing arts program for sexual
assault victims on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Attorney General Eric Holder
presented the program with an award during the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week awards
Members of the PBPN Tribal Victim Services staff and Tribal Council traveled to Washington,
D.C. to be honored.
Attorney General Eric Holder, who was on hand at the event, told the audience, “These committed
individuals are being honored for their dedication to assisting and supporting victims of crime all
across the country. Their actions inspire all Americans, to do what we can, each in our own way, to
help lessen the physical, emotional and financial impacts of crime on people in our communities.”
The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s Tribal Victim Services (TVS) program received the
Professional Innovation in Victim Services Award that recognized a program, organization or
individual who helped to expand the reach of victims’ rights and services.
TVS developed a program to encourage cultural healing through art to assist tribal crime victims in
sharing their experiences, thoughts and fears. They created an artistic “tree” for healing called the
Community Story Tree Project, which consists of72 canvas panels representing the community’s
hopes and dreams for tribal families, survivors, children, service providers, professional elders and
In addition to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Attorney General Holder also recognized 12 other
individuals and organizations for their outstanding efforts on behalf of crime victims. Descriptions
and videos of the honorees are available at the Office for Victims of Crime’s Gallery:
16281 Q Road’ Mayotta. K5 66509 • 785.966.4000 • Fax: 785.966.4002 • Toll Fro President Reagan proclaimed the first Victims’ Rights Week in 1981, calling for renewed emphasis
on, and sensitivity to, the rights of victims. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be observed
this year from April 21-27.
The Office ofJustice Programs (OJP), headed by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou
Leary, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime,
administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has six components: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the
Bureau ofJustice Statistics; the National Institute ofJustice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. For more information about OJP,
please visit: www.ojp.gov.