W.S. law enforcement garners grant
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs was the recipient of $502,598 in law enforcement grant funds.
The grants are to address eight areas: public safety and community policing; methamphetamine enforcement; justice systems and alcohol and substance abuse; corrections and correctional alternatives; violence against women; elder abuse; juvenile justice; and tribal youth programs.
Besides Warm Springs, Oregon tribes receiving grants included the Burns Paiute Tribe, Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Coquille Indian Tribe, and the Klamath Tribes.
The awards were made under the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, a single application for tribal-specific grant programs offered by the Justice Department.
Overall, the department awarded grants of $118.4 million to nearly 150 American Indian and Alaskan Native nations across the country.
"These grants are about making communities safer and stronger. We're lucky to have tribal leadership throughout Oregon's tribes with initiatives that are smart, innovative and effective -- and I'm glad that folks in Washington are rewarding their excellent leadership with support for these terrific ideas. We are deeply committed to living up to our trust responsibility to tribal nations," said Holton.
"Our partnerships with tribal leaders, police, courts, and community members are critical in making tribal communities safe. Today's announcement of nearly $6 million in grant awards to tribal nations in Oregon is a tremendous step forward in these efforts," he said.
"The streamlined grant process developed with tribal leaders from across the United States is a clear indication of the commitment of the Department of Justice to engage in meaningful government-to-government consultations, and demonstrates the importance of our respective nations' joint efforts to improve public safety, victim services, youth programs, and the quality of life in tribal communities," Holton added.
Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli announced the funding during the department's 19th annual Four Corners Indian Country Conference in Ignacio, Colo.
"I am pleased today to announce the Justice Department's continued investment in programs that offer innovative and comprehensive approaches to public safety and justice in Indian country," said Perrelli.
"Our government-to-government consultations have been critical to our understanding of how to better serve and support our tribal partners. By deepening our engagement with tribal governments, we have sought to help put an end to the unacceptable and sobering crime rates witnessed in Indian country," he added.
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs received $212,566 for elder abuse prevention, $140,032 to address meth crimes, and $150,000 for the juvenile justice program, for a total of $502,598.