The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Montana announced Friday that the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation was one of two tribes in Montana to receive public safety grants, totaling $1.8 million in Montana.
The Chippewa Cree Tribe received $1,094,574 from the U.S. Department of Justice, while the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation received $721,266.
“We’re increasing our efforts to support tribal communities and to build and sustain tribal justice systems,” U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter said in a press release announcing the grants.
“The Chippewa Cree tribe received a Public Safety and Community Policing grant, a strategic planning grant, and a Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program grant targeted to help decrease the incidence of violent crime against Indian women and to ensure that perpetrators of violent crimes committed against Indian women are held accountable.
“Violence against native women continues at alarming rates and children in Indian country encounter violence far too often,” Cotter said.
The Salish Kootenai Tribes grant was through the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program overseen by the Office of Justice Programs. Tribes were encouraged to apply for funds to enhance tribal justice systems and support alcohol and substance abuse programs.
Cotter attended a meeting of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s Native American Issues Subcommittee in Celilo Village, Ore ., where the grants were announced. The Justice Department awarded 192 grants to 110 American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, tribal consortia, and tribal designated non-profits. The grants will provide more than $90 million to enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention efforts.