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Signing Ceremony to Take Place at Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Headquarters
Landmark Memorandum of Understanding to be signed

July 6, 2012
Contact: Ace Crawford
United States Attorney's Office
605-343-2913, Ext. 2101

A landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST), the US Attorney, District of South Dakota (USASD), and the US Attorney, District of North Dakota (USAND) will be signed July 10, 2012.  

Signing Ceremony Details:

WHO:  The MOU will be signed by The Honorable Charles W. Murphy, SRST Chairman; Brendan V. Johnson, US Attorney, District of South Dakota; and Timothy Q. Purdon, US Attorney, District of North Dakota.  Also in attendance will be members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council.

WHAT:  This MOU is a historic agreement between the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the United States Department of Justice.  The agreement authorizes the hiring of a Special Assistant United States Attorney to prosecute violence against women cases in federal and tribal courts.  The funding for this new position will be provided by the Justice Department’s Office on Violence against Women (“OVW”).  The new prosecutor will handle violence against women cases that occur on the Standing Rock Reservation and will have authority to pursue those cases in federal court in both South Dakota and North Dakota, as well as in the Standing Rock tribal court.  US Attorney Johnson is Chairman of the Justice Department’s Native American Issues Subcommittee and US Attorney Tim Purdon is the Vice-Chair.  Both US Attorneys have made the prosecution of cases involving violence against women a top priority.

WHEN:  Tuesday, July 10, at 2:00 pm (CST).

WHERE:  Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council Chambers in Fort Yates, ND.

Press Availability Following Ceremony



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