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US Attorney's Office: Nearly $8M in grants introduced to help improve public safety, serve victims in Native American communities

US Attorney's Office: Nearly $8M in grants introduced to help improve public safety, serve victims in Native American communities Photo: Photo: U.S. Attorney's Office.

Tommy Wiita
Updated: September 30, 2020 05:17 PM
Created: September 30, 2020 05:06 PM

On Wednesday, the United States Attorney's Office said nearly $8 million in Department of Justice grants will be used to improve public safety, serve victims of crime and support youth programs in tribal communities in Minnesota.

"Native American communities and especially Native American women and children experience disproportionately high rates of violence, including domestic abuse," said U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald. "These funds will directly support the victims of crime and work to improve public safety on reservations throughout Minnesota."

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A total of more than $103 million is being awarded to tribes across the country under the Justice Department's Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). The effort supports activities that enhance law enforcement and tribal practices, expand victim services and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts, according to a release. CTAS grants are administered by the department's Office of Justice Programs ($41.5 million), Office of Violence Against Women ($39.1 million) and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services ($22.5 million).

"American Indian and Alaska Native communities experience rates of violent crime and domestic abuse that are among the highest in the nation," said Attorney General William P. Barr. "The awards announced today underscore the Department of Justice's deep commitment to improving public safety in tribal communities throughout the United States. This administration will continue to work closely with our tribal partners to guarantee that they have the resources they need to combat violence and bring criminals to justice."

An additional $113 million is being awarded to 133 applicants nationwide under the Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program. This program, managed by OJP's Office for Victims of Crime, is designed to help tribes develop, expand and improve services to victims of crime and promote other public safety initiatives.

In addition to the CTAS and Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside awards, the Office on Violence Against Women is making additional tribal awards of more than $31 million to support a wide range of efforts to address the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking, the attorney's office said.

To see a full list of awards, click here.


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