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Chippewa Cree Tribal Representatives Meet With Justice Department On Defending Childhood Initiative

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

United States Attorney for the District of Montana Michael W. Cotter announced today that the United States Justice Department hosted a meeting of Defending Childhood representatives from communities across the country, including representatives from the Chippewa Cree Tribe from the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation. The meeting brought together the Initiative's eight demonstration sites for a series of lectures, peer-to-peer exchanges, and dialogue with department leadership on the issue of children's exposure to violence. Attorney General Eric Holder, Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli and department officials discussed the Initiative with representatives and their ongoing efforts in their communities.

I am grateful for this opportunity to discuss our shared goals - and your front-line efforts - to prevent, reduce, and combat childhood exposure to violence," said Attorney General Eric Holder. "The issue of children's exposure to violence has been both a personal and professional concern for decades. As our nation's Attorney General, and as a parent of three young children, addressing this crisis - and implementing bold, innovative, and collaborative solutions - is a top priority."

The selection of the Chippewa Cree Tribe as a demonstration site of the Defending Childhood Initiative is an excellent opportunity to focus on the needs of children within Montana's reservation communities. I am hopeful that the work by the Tribe will result in a better understanding of the effects of violence on children and the best ways to combat the stain left by violent crimes on its victims." said United States Attorney Michael W. Cotter.

Attorney General Holder launched Defending Childhood to focus on addressing children's exposure to violence. A key component of the Initiative is a multi-year demonstration program. This included Justice Department funding for eight demonstration sites to develop and implement multi-disciplinary plans that specifically address prevention, intervention, treatment and response strategies to address children's exposure to violence.

The eight sites are:

City of Boston, Massachusetts ($160,000)

City of Portland, Maine ($160,000)

Chippewa Cree Tribe, Montana ($153,210)

City of Grand Forks, North Dakota ($159,967)

Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners, Ohio ($157,873)

Multnomah County Department of Human Services, Oregon ($159,349)

Rosebud Sioux Tribe, South Dakota ($159,534)

Shelby County, Tennessee ($159,099)

The goals of the Initiative are to prevent children's exposure to violence as victims and witnesses, mitigate the negative effects experienced by children exposed to violence, and develop knowledge about and increase awareness of this issue. More information about this initiative can be found at



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