DOJ Announces more than $ 73 million to help crime victims and improve public safety in Native American and Alaskan Indian communities

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Grants announced during the Tribal Nations Summit at the White House

Nov. 15, 2021 – The Justice Department announced today that it will be making 137 grants totaling $ 73 million to 85 Native American and Alaskan communities to help improve the public sphere Security and serve the victims of crime. The announcement was made during the White House Tribal Nations Summit, which is taking place virtually today and tomorrow.

These funds are intended to help improve indigenous justice systems and strengthen law enforcement, improve the handling of child abuse cases, combat domestic violence and support indigenous youth programs.

“The Justice Department is pleased to provide the nationally recognized tribes with the coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, which provides a transparent and simple process for applying for grants that best meet the needs of their community,” said Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta. “This one-step application enables tribes to access critical resources to help them meet their communities’ critical public safety needs.”

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than four in five Native American and Alaskan adults have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime. This equates to nearly three million people who have experienced stalking, sexual violence, psychological aggression, or physical violence from intimate partners.

“Every year the department invests millions of dollars in helping our tribal partners address the challenges of violent crime and domestic violence in their communities and strengthen their public safety infrastructure,” said Amy L. Solomon, assistant attorney general, Department of Justice Justice Programs. “We are excited to support the critical work tribal nations are doing in communities across the country.”

More than $ 73 million will be awarded through CTAS, a streamlined application that helps tribes apply for tribal grant programs that improve law enforcement and tribal justice practices, expand victim services, and support crime prevention and intervention efforts. CTAS grants are administered by the OJP ($ 48 million) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) ($ 25 million).

“These grants provide vital resources for tribal law enforcement agencies and their communities by providing equipment and training, along with resources to help officials understand and better serve their communities on domestic violence, stalking, and sex trafficking and alleviate the harmful effects of substance abuse and crime on individuals and their families, “said Acting Director of the COPS Office, Robert Chapman

The COPS office also awarded $ 400,000 to Western Oregon University to create a structured and tribal innovative approach to improving the operation of the criminal justice system to address the concerns of Native American and Alaskan indigenous communities about missing and murdered indigenous peoples, in particular missing, clearing up and murdered women and girls.

In addition to CTAS funding, OJP has provided more than $ 100 million through Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside to improve services for crime victims in tribal communities. The OJP Victim Crime Bureau is assisting Tribal Fellows with capacity building, training, and technical assistance (more than $ 6.8 million), as well as an update to the Tribal Resource Tool ($ 199,999), which reflects the availability of victim services in tribal communities . An additional $ 2.9 million will be given to tribes under the Children’s Justice Act Partnership to improve the handling of cases related to criminal child abuse and neglect.

The department also funded $ 6.5 million through the OJP Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Registration, and Prosecution Office to help tribes comply with federal sex offender registration and notification law.

Information on the Office of Justice Program grants for fiscal year 2021 can be found online on the OJP Grant Awards page. The page will be updated as the awards are presented.

Information on the grants awarded by the COPS office for FY 2021 can be found online on the COPS grant page.

The Office of Justice programs provide federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance, and other resources to enhance the country’s ability to prevent and reduce crime, promote racial justice in the administration of justice, support victims, and promote the rule of law strengthen. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.

The COPS office is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of citizen policing by the state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies of the country through information and grant funds. You can find more information about the COPS office at https://cops.usdoj.gov/.

Source: DOJ Approval

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