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Wisconsin Tribes Receive Federal Grants to Enhance, Support Tribal Justice and Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2013

MADISON, WIS. – John W. Vaudreuil, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced today that over $2.8 million in federal grants has been awarded to offer assistance with Indian tribes’ prevention and law enforcement efforts, victim services, and youth programs in the Western District of Wisconsin. 

The U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday the awarding of 192 grants to 110 American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, tribal consortia and tribal designated non-profits.  The grants will provide more than $90 million to enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in nine purpose areas including public safety and community policing; justice systems planning; alcohol and substance abuse; corrections and correctional alternatives; violence against women; juvenile justice; and tribal youth programs.  The awards are made through the department’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a single application for tribal-specific grant programs.

United States Attorney Vaudreuil said, “These grants demonstrate the commitment of my office and the Justice Department to help put an end to the unacceptable crime rates we have seen in Indian country.”

Vaudreuil serves on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee’s Native American Issues Subcommittee, which focuses exclusively on Indian country issues, both criminal and civil, and is responsible for making policy recommendations to the Attorney General regarding public safety and legal issues.

The grant recipients in the Western District of Wisconsin are:

  1. Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission – a $348,095 grant for Public Safety and Community Policing (COPS);
  2. Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa – a $597,592 COPS grant and a $478,513 Tribal Youth Program grant;
  3. Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians – a $591,049 COPS grant;
  4. Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa – a $251,006 COPS grant; and
  5. St. Croix Chippewa Housing Authority – a $571,030 COPS grant.

In addition, the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, whose tribal lands are located in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, received a $269,000 Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program grant.

The Justice 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.  Over the past four years, it has awarded 989 grants totaling more than $437 million.  Information about the consolidated solicitation is available at www.justice.gov/tribal/ .  A fact sheet on CTAS is available at www.justice.gov/tribal/ctas2013/ctas-factsheet.pdf.

 

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