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Tribal Victims Assistance

Crime in our communities touches all of us.† When one person is victimized, we all as a community suffer.† If you are not personally a victim of crime, then you know a relative, friend or neighbor who is.† Being a victim of, or witness to, crime can be a frightening experience. You often feel violated by the intrusion into your life and are left with feelings of anger and pain.† If you or anyone you know is going through victimization due to a crime, we are here to help.

The GTB Tribal Victim Assistance (TVA) Program has been created to provide support and assistance to victims of all types of crime, whether charges have been filed or not.† The TVA program provides services to any federally recognized tribal member living within the six county service area, as well as to any person who has had a crime committed against them on tribal lands.

Types of services provided by the GTB Tribal Victim Assistance Program:

  • Informs Victims of their rights
  • Transportation assistance to Court
  • Emotional support
  • Counseling referrals
  • Informs Victims of court dates in person, by mail, telephone, or email
  • Provide referrals and assist in locating services to meet immediate needs
  • Assist in relocation of victim to a safe place
  • Possible financial emergency assistance
  • Advocacy and support in Tribal, State, and Federal Courts
  • Assistance in filing Personal Protection Orders (PPOís)
  • Assistance in filing for Restitution
  • Assistance in filing Victims Compensation Claims

TVA Director:† 231-534-7525

Tribal Police:† 231-534-7777

Victim Rights:

The Michigan Constitution (Art. I, Sec. 24; eff. Dec. 24, 1988) and the Crime Victimís Rights Act (1985 PA 87; MCL 780.751) have given Crime Victims the right to:

  • Be treated throughout the criminal justice process with fairness and respect for their dignity and privacy.
  • Timely disposition of the case following the arrest of the accused.
  • Receive an explanation of court procedures.
  • Reasonable protection from the accused throughout the criminal justice process, including having a waiting area separate from the defendant and the defendantís relatives and witnesses (if practical), and to receive an explanation of procedures to follow if threatened or intimidated by the defendant.
  • Be free from threats or acts of discharge from your employer because you are subpoenaed or requested by the Prosecuting Attorney to give your views about the disposition of the case.
  • Notice of:
    • Emergency and medical services (from the investigating police agency);
    • The name of the person in the Prosecutors office with information about your case;
    • All scheduled court proceedings, including sentencing;
    • The defendantís release on bond or escape from custody while awaiting trial;
    • The address and telephone number of the probation department that is preparing the pre-sentence investigation report, if one is ordered by the Judge;
    • Victim compensation benefits, including the address of the Crime Victim Compensation Board, and an explanation of eligibility requirements for compensation funds.
  • Attend trial and all other court proceedings the accused as the right to attend (except possible sequestration during trial before you testify).
  • Confer with the prosecution before trial and before the jury is selected.
  • Make an oral statement to a pre-sentence investigator, or to have a written impact statement included in the pre-sentence report.
  • Make an oral or written statement to the court at sentencing.
  • Restitution.
  • Information about the conviction, sentence, imprisonment, and release of the accused.
  • An explanation of the appeal process, to be advised if the defendant has been released on the appeal bond, to be advised of the time and place of the appellate court proceedings, and to be advised of the result of the appeal.
  • Prompt return of your property taken during an investigation, except as otherwise provided by the law.