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The Ripple Effect of Crime: Coordinating a Collaborative Response to Victimization in Tribal Communities

Dianne Barker HarroldDianne Barker Harrold

Dianne Barker Harrold, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, has been working with victims of crime for over 33 years. Currently, she works for Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group, Inc., as the Resource Delivery Coordinator for Tribal Grantees from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance and Children's Justice Act Partnerships in Indian Country grant programs. She was elected District Attorney for four counties in Oklahoma and has worked extensively in Indian Country as Tribal Attorney General, Special Advisor to Tribal Chiefs, and tribal court judge for 13 Indian Tribes in Oklahoma, most recently for the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, as well as for other tribes across the country. She was a co-founding mother of the domestic violence shelter Help-in-Crisis, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, which has served victims of domestic violence and sexual assault for 33 years. A frequent speaker and trainer nationally, she is a consultant for OVC and a grant peer reviewer for other Department of Justice programs. She serves as the Native American Victim Advocate on the Oklahoma State VOCA Board, as the Attorney for the Tribal Council of the Cherokee Nation, and as a volunteer on the Cherokee Nation's Victim Task Force. She received numerous awards for her work, including the Women Holding Up the World Award from the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault and both the Heart of Gold Award and the Shining Star Award from the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the 2010 Bonnie Heavy Runner Award for her victim advocacy work in Indian Country, and the 2013 National Crime Victim Service Award presented by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Ms. Barker Harrold is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma Indian Bar Association, and several tribal bar associations, and is licensed in several federal courts.