Attorney General Holder lays a wreath at Wounded Knee
“It is a profound honor to be in Pine Ridge, and to bring greetings from the President, and from my colleagues at the Department of Justice. It is a privilege to join with you all today – not only to remember the past, and the loss we commemorate on this site – but to plan for the future we seek, and – together – must build. “This is a sacred place – one hallowed by the tragic events that occurred here more than 120 years ago – but also defined by the resolve, the healing, and the courage it has come to represent in the decades since. Today, it’s my honor to lay this wreath on his behalf – and on behalf of all those who have struggled, and who continue to fight, to ensure peace, safety, opportunity, and justice on tribal lands.”Soon after he came into office, Attorney General Eric Holder identified building and sustaining safe and secure tribal communities as one of the Department of Justice's top priorities—in line with his key goals of addressing violent crime and protecting our nation’s most vulnerable. In June of 2009, the Department launched a wide-ranging initiative to strengthen public safety in Indian Country. Since that time, the Department has taken a number of steps to deepen its commitment to tribal communities and to develop more effective partnership with tribal leaders, police, prosecutors, courts, and advocates to combat crime in tribal communities.