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By Tim Leeds 

Rocky Boy receives $1 million in safety grants


September 20, 2013

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.


Reader Comments

yeahwell24 writes:

That's the cost of Wars since 2001, foreign military aid, homeland security, etc. on nationalpriorities.org but websites vary and nobody really cares, anyways Kyle, point is, there's a heck of a lot of Uncle Sammie's dollars being misspent everyday, every hour, so no point in getting all bent outta shape over some fed money going to the tribes, and that money will probably be monitored closely in light of recent events..But thanks for doing your extra homework to try and justify the cost of war.

sick writes:

Are you kidding me? They cant even honor current court orders of domestic violence now from other jurisdictions what a joke and this makes me sick!! The current program cant even return phone calls so what they going to do hire someone to answer and return phone calls for someone that already gets paid to do it? Not to mention the nepotism go figure what a complete joke in my eyes and to many other survivors of domestic good luck getting anyone to do a job. Oh more money to put in their pockets

Kyle writes:

Yeahwell24, your numbers are so far off 11.26 million every hour would be 270.24 million a day, that would put you at over 14 trillion which is not the case. Instead of making up numbers to justify the 1.1 million dollar grant can you look at the actual numbers here http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0933935.html. Until they start following the laws of every other person in the USA I say let them be a soverign nation with their own laws and own funds. And will these funds be used properly? Doubtful

absolutely writes:

the farm bill does not cut anything, republicans messing with it did. Mr. Cotter, I sure do enjoy this 'clear message' you're sending to 'Indian Country' as you stated in the 'Guardians sending a clear message to Indian Country' article. first you let the big dog loose to crap all over tribal programs again, further confounding ANY local efforts to clean up our front yard, now you're giving this same group of criminals a cool mil? Yeah, Mike, real clear message.

Grumpy writes:

I wonder which 6 or 8 individuals will wind up with this million ?

YeahWell24 writes:

Can't blame the Grant Writers for doing their job up there, and a mighty fine one at that...Oh yeah, in the last hour or so the Wars in Iraq/Afghanistan just cost taxpayers $11.26 million, and that's every hour, so you might want complain about something else, other than $1 million going towards Domestic Violence in an impoverished community.

Sick writes:

Just read this morning that the farm bill cut foodstamps which help feed hungry children yet we have money to give to a group where millions of dollars just disappear every year with no accounting. What is wrong with this picture?


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