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Three Tribes in North Dakota Awarded Department of Justice Public Safety Grants

September 27, 2012

BISMARCK - The Department of Justice today announced more than 200 grants to more than 110 American Indian and Alaska Native nations. The grants will provide more than $101 million to enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts 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. In North Dakota the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, and Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation have been awarded a total of over two million dollars to assist them in addressing violence against women and other public safety concerns.

“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.”

In Bismarck, U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon said, “These grants serve to spotlight the high priority that the Department of Justice has placed on improving public safety in tribal communities. While there is no single grant that can solve the unique public safety challenges of tribal communities, in North Dakota these funds will supplement the hard work the United States Attorney’s Office and the tribes have been doing to implement collaborative and lasting solutions to these challenges.”

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 A fact sheet on CTAS is available at

A complete list of the fiscal year 2012 CTAS grants in North Dakota is set forth below:

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Tribal Resources Grant Program Hiring $647,123
Tribal Resources Grant Program Equipment/Training $295,361
Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program $432,211

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
Tribal Resources Grant Program Hiring $753,915
Tribal Resources Grant Program Equipment/Training $66,831

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation
Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse Court Enhancement Program

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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