Department of Justice Awards Over $4.2 Million to Improve Public Safety and Victim Services for American Indians in Oregon
WASHINGTON – On Monday, September 26, 2016, the Department of Justice announced the recipients of grants aimed at improving public safety, supporting victims, and strengthening legal institutions for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Five Oregon tribes and one tribal consortia are among the 131 grantees receiving funding under the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS).
The Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Klamath Tribes, and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission will receive a combined $4,220,070 across six different Justice Department grant programs. Each of the six grant programs target a unique aspect of public safety and the administration of justice in tribal communities, including community-oriented policing, alcohol and substance abuse, violence against women, corrections and correctional alternatives, and juvenile justice.
“Research shows that tribal communities live with disproportionate rates of violence and victimization,” said Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon. “These awards are a positive step toward ensuring that all Oregonians have access to community justice programs that are adequately funded, effective, and culturally relevant.”
The Justice Department’s CTAS program provides a single application for tribal-specific grant programs and aims to streamline support provided by its Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Office of Justice Programs, and Office on Violence Against Women. Since 2010, under CTAS, more than 1,600 grants totaling more than $726 million have been awarded to tribal communities across the country. To learn more about CTAS, please visit www.justice.gov/tribal/grants.