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The U.S. Attorney For The District Of Montana Announces The 2011 Winner Of The “Working Hard, Making A Difference” Award For Exceptional Contributions In Indian Countr

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The United States Attorney for the District of Montana Michael W. Cotter announced today that Crow Tribal Attorney Diane Cabrera is the 2011 winner of the District of Montana's "Working Hard, Making A Difference" Award. The award was created to recognize individuals in Indian Country who have made significant contributions to public safety.

Diane Cabrera, a native Chamorro born and raised in Saipan, the main island of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, has been a tribal prosecutor for the Crow Tribe of Montana since June 2007. Ms. Cabrera also serves as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District Montana. In that role, Ms. Cabrera can follow certain cases that arise on the reservation, such as misdemeanor domestic violence charges, where the perpetrator is a non-Indian, into federal court. Ms. Cabrera was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder in 2010 to serve on the U.S. Department of Justice Federal/Tribal Domestic Violence Task Force. Additionally, Ms. Cabrera has been instrumental in organizing the first ever Montana/Wyoming tribal prosecutors organization.

Ms. Cabrera is a consistent and competent tribal prosecutor," said U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter, "also, she is a critical law enforcement partner to us. Under Ms. Cabrera's leadership, our offices have a free flow of communication that is incredibly important in our joint effort to quell violence on the Crow Indian Reservation. Finally, Ms. Cabrera is a stand out nationally. She lends a pragmatic, reliable, and valuable voice to policy makers and others in her field. I am delighted to honor her with the 'Working Hard, Making a Difference' award."

A photo of the award recipient is attached to this release.



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