Western Washington Tribes Obtain Significant Grant Funding for Services to Crime Victims and Enhanced Public Safety
Department of Justice Awards $8.9 Million to Western Washington Tribes
Eleven Western Washington Tribes and one tribal coalition were awarded more than $8.9 million in federal grants to enhance public safety and assist victims of crime in tribal communities, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. These grants are part of more than $130 million in funding announced by the U.S. Department of Justice today.
“Our Tribal partners work diligently to create safe and just communities, and these grants support that mission,” said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. “Each of these Tribes submitted detailed proposals on how the available federal resources would be used in their communities. I commend each of the grant recipients for identifying ways in which federal funding can improve life in Indian Country and look forward to continuing to work in partnership with them to ensure justice is served.”
The eleven Tribes receiving grants include:
- $3.2 million to the Puyallup Tribe for a variety of criminal justice initiatives, including programs to combat violence against women and alcohol and substance abuse; programs for tribal youth and children services; and programs to fund community policing and correctional alternatives.
- $969,461 to the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe for public safety, community policing, and justice systems and programs to combat alcohol and substance abuse.
- $621,458 to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe for public safely, community policing, and programs to combat violence against women.
- $560,680 to the Tulalip Tribes for justice systems and to combat alcohol and substance abuse.
- $555,848 to the Squaxin Island Tribe for public safety and community policing.
- $512,616 to the Makah Tribe for public safety and community policing.
- $495,000 to the Swinomish Indian Tribe for Domestic Violence programs.
- $350,000 to the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe for innovative juvenile court programs.
- $349,000 to the Quileute Tribe for tribal youth programs.
- $258,119 to the Skokomish Tribe for justice systems and programs to combat drug and alcohol abuse.
- $109,393 to the Hoh Tribe for justice systems and programs to combat drug and alcohol abuse.
In addition to the tribal grants, the Washington State Native American Coalition Against Domestic Violence was awarded $318,008 to reduce sexual assault on college campuses.
These grants are part of a nationwide program to support public safety in Tribal communities. More than $101 million was awarded to 125 American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, tribal consortia, and tribal designees through the Department’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a streamlined application for tribal-specific grant programs. Of the $101 million, $47.6 million comes from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), $34.1 million from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), and $19.4 million from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
The Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) awarded 101 grants totaling $56.3 million to tribal governments and nonprofit entities to help respond to the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking in Indian country. Of the $56.3 million, $34.1 was awarded through the CTAS application process as noted above, and $22.1 million was awarded through other OVW grant programs and special initiatives.
CTAS grants are designed to enhance law enforcement practices, expand victim services, and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts. Awards cover 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.