Justice Department Announces Awards Over $1.5 Million to Enhance, Support Tribal Justice and Safety in Idaho
BOISE – United States Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced today grants totaling $1,490,108 to the Nez Perce Tribe and Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in Idaho to enhance law enforcement practices, and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in four purpose areas, including justice systems planning, violence against women, juvenile justice, and tribal youth programs.
The Nez Perce Tribe was awarded $359,667 for its Tribal Youth Program and $450,000 for its Children’s Justice Act Partnership Program. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes’ was awarded $680,411 for its Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program.
“I am pleased to see substantial federal grant resources awarded to these two Idaho tribes,” said Olson. “These federal grants will provide important resources to support tribal youth and government programs for the Nez Perce Tribe and to support domestic violence education, awareness and intervention for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to working closely with all Idaho tribes to promote and provide public safety in Indian Country.”
The awards are made through the Department’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a single application for tribal-specific grant programs. The DOJ developed CTAS through its Office of Community Oriented Policing, Office of Justice Programs and Office on Violence against Women, and administered the first round of consolidated grants in September 2010. It awarded 286 grants totaling $245 million in 2011 and 2012. Information about the consolidated solicitation is available at www.justice.gov/tribal/. A fact sheet on CTAS is available at www.justice.gov//tribal/ctas2012/ctas-factsheet.pdf. The CTAS program awards grants in ten purpose areas, including public safety and community policing; justice systems planning; alcohol and substance abuse; corrections and correctional alternatives; violence against women; elder abuse; juvenile justice; and tribal youth programs.
“Over the last several years, we’ve consulted with tribes and participated in listening sessions that provided a clear message of a need for coordination and flexibility to access our grant resources,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West. “Our outreach and communication with tribal governments have been critical to our understanding of how to better serve and support our tribal partners. These awards represent our ongoing commitment to help put an end to the unacceptable and sobering crime rates witnessed in Indian Country.”
Next month, the Justice Department will hold its annual consultation on violence against native women on Oct. 2nd in Tulsa, Okla. In addition, an Interdepartmental Tribal Justice, Safety and Wellness Session will be held in Tulsa, Okla. on October 3-4, 2012. It will provide a Listening Session on the Tribal Law and Order Act Tribal Justice Plan Implementation Strategy and include valuable training and technical assistance.
Today’s announcement is part of the Justice Department’s ongoing initiative to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities.
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