From left Deputy Attorney General Cole, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme, and U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon at the recreated Mandan Village at the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park on the road between Standing Rock and Bismarck, N.D.
"In the three years since the beginning of the Department’s initiative, we have used what we learned from tribal leaders to develop goals and priorities, and we have sought to ensure that all our efforts are guided by respect for tribal sovereignty and Indian self-determination, engagement on a government-to-government basis, and coordination and cooperation with tribal governments. We have worked hard to improve tribal public safety, enhance tribes’ ability to receive federal support, and strengthen coordination and collaboration with our tribal law enforcement partners."I am proud of the progress we have made over the past year in Indian country and am more excited than ever about what is possible when we work together, when we engage tribal youth to make good choices, when we work together to protect women and girls from what Attorney General Holder has called an unacceptable status quo of sexual and domestic violence. I am proud and today I can also say I am extremely hopeful about the future because we are starting to see a tangible impact from our efforts. View a gallery of photos from Deputy Attorney General James Cole's trip to Standing Rock Reservation.