Nevada Tribes Receive over $1.2 Million from U.S. Department of Justice to Enhance and Support Tribal Justice and Safety
Las Vegas, Nev. – The Department of Justice today announced that four northern Nevada Indian tribes will receive over $1.2 million in grants to assist them in their crime prevention and law enforcement efforts and to provide services for victims and youth. The Nevada tribes were included in an announcement that 200 grants totaling over $101 million were made to more than 110 American Indian and Alaska Native nations. The grant awards must be used to enhance law enforcement practices, and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in 10 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.
"I am very pleased that Nevada tribes have received this much needed financial assistance from the Department of Justice," said U.S. Attorney Bogden. "Over the last several years, representatives from my office, federal law enforcement, and I have visited and consulted with all of our Nevada tribes concerning the law enforcement and safety issues they face on their tribal lands. It has brought a better understanding of how we can better serve and support our tribal partners."
Nevada tribes receiving awards are the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Reno Sparks Indian Colony, and Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California. More information on the awards is available at http://www.justice.gov/tribal/docs/ctas-award-list-2012.pdf.
The awards are made through the department's Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a single application for tribal-specific grant programs. The department 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.
Next month, the Justice Department will hold its annual consultation on violence against native women on Oct. 2, 2012, in Tulsa, Okla. In addition, an Interdepartmental Tribal Justice, Safety and Wellness Session will be held in Tulsa, on Oct. 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.