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Justice Department Awards Over $97 Million to Improve Public Safety and Victim Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AWARDS OVER $97 MILLION TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY AND VICTIM SERVICES FOR AMERICAN INDIANS AND ALASKA NATIVES

 

LOCAL ARIZONA TRIBAL AWARDS

     WASHINGTON, DC. – The Department of Justice today announced 206 awards, totaling more than $97 million, to American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, tribal consortia and tribal designees. The announcement was made at the 2015 Tribal Leader Briefing, sponsored by the National Congress of American Indians, and included Tribal leaders, members of Congress and Administration officials.

 

DISTRICT AWARDS:

Colorado River Indian Tribes                                                $915,168

Gila River Indian Community                                             $1,311,992

Hualapai Detention and Rehabilitation Center                   $1,037,227

Navajo Nation                                                                        $299,408

Quechan Indian Tribe                                                            $436,260

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community                        $511,080

San Carlos Apache Tribe                                                       $884,547

Tohono O'odham Nation                                                        $570,042

Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe                                                $202,098

     Since then, more than 1,400 grants totaling more than $620 million have been provided to enhance law enforcement practices, victim services, and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in nine purpose areas; public safety and community policing; justice systems planning; alcohol and substance abuse; corrections and correctional alternatives; children’s justice act partnerships; services for victims of crime; violence against women; juvenile justice; and tribal youth programs.

 

     American Indians and Alaska Natives experience disproportionate rates of violence and victimization and often encounter significant obstacles to identifying and accessing culturally relevant services.  CTAS funding helps tribes to develop and strengthen  tribal justice systems’ response to crime, while significantly increasing programs and services available to  them.

     “The awards made to tribes in the District of Arizona today recognize the critical need to support our Indian Communities,” said U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo. “The $6.1 million in federal grant monies will support our on-going effort to build safer communities by funding much needed services for community policing, public safety, tribal youth programs, violence against women prevention, and alcohol and substance abuse treatment.”

     “For the past five years, the CTAS program has helped tribes develop their own comprehensive approaches to making their communities safer and healthier,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart F. Delery. “CTAS grants have funded hundreds of programs to better serve crime victims, promote community policing, and strengthen justice systems.  This year’s awards also support efforts to reduce domestic and dating violence, and promote wellness and healing for tribal youth, among many other programs.”

A listing of today’s awards is available at www.justice.gov/tribal/.

A fact sheet on CTAS is available at /media/791821/download?inline.

Today’s announcement is part of the Justice Department’s ongoing initiative to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

 

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RELEASE NUMBER: 2015-080_ CTA_2015_Grants     

 

For more information on the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/az/

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Updated February 4, 2016

Press Release Number: RELEASE NUMBER: 2015-080_ CTA_2015_Grants