Justice Department Awards Over $5 Million To Enhance, Support Tribal Justice and Safety In The District Of Montan
Streamlined grant program offers financial assistance with Indian tribes'
United States Attorney for the District of Montana Michael W. Cotter announced today grants totaling $5,135,176 to the Chippewa Cree Tribe Indians of the Rocky Boy's Reservation, the Crow Tribe, the Fort Belknap Indian Community, the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes, and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana to enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in eight purpose 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.
The awards were made under the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a single application for tribal-specific grant programs offered by the Justice Department. Overall, the department today announced grants of $118.4 million to nearly 150 American Indian and Alaskan Native nations across the country.
Public safety in Indian Country is of paramount importance to the Department of Justice. The federal government has a specific and important obligation to our tribal governments. This announcement shows that the Department of Justice is doing its part to support the criminal justice systems throughout the reservations in Montana." U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter.
Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli announced this funding during the department's 19th annual Four Corners Indian Country Conference in Ignacio, Colo., underscoring the Justice Department's commitment to enhancing public safety in Indian Country and the importance of a streamlined grant application process for federal funding.
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 Associate Attorney General 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."
The department developed CTAS and administered the first round of consolidated grants in September 2010 in response to shared views of tribal leaders that the department's grant-making process was too cumbersome and needed increased flexibility. Today, tribes seeking funding for more than one purpose area can submit a single grant application, instead of multiple applications.
The grants are administered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The complete list of the Fiscal Year 2011 CTAS grantees, a CTAS Fact Sheet and other information about the consolidated solicitation is also available at www.tribaljusticeandsafety.gov.
Soon after he came into office, Attorney General Holder identified building and sustaining safe and secure tribal nations as one of the Department of Justice's top priorities. In June of 2009, the department launched a wide-ranging initiative to strengthen public safety in Indian Country. Since that time, the department has taken a number of steps to deepen its commitment to Indian nations and to develop more effective partnership with tribal leaders, police, prosecutors, courts and advocates to address and combat crime.