U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) recently announced $8,125,644 in federal funding will be going to seven tribes in Minnesota to help them strengthen their law enforcement and justice systems.
The funds will be administered by the Department of Justice through the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation .
The CTAS grants will be awarded through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the Office on Violence Against Women, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. All federally recognized tribes were eligible to apply.
Franken is a member of the Senate's Committee on Indian Affairs.
"For too long, law enforcement on Minnesota's reservations has been underfunded and overburdened," Franken said in a news release. "These funds are a good step toward making reservations safer for American Indians across Minnesota. I'm happy to see the Justice Department taking action."
"I'm pleased that the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians will have these resources for sexual assault victims," said Rep. Peterson in a news release. "Assisting the tribe with these critical public safety needs is important to improving the lives of women and families throughout the Red Lake Nation."
The distribution of funding in the area includes:
• Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe: COPS - Tribal Resource Grant program $991,275; OJJDP - Prevent and Control Delinquency and Improve the Juvenile Justice System $368,049; Tribal Governments Program $399,957.
• Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians: BJA - plan, renovate, or construct correctional and/or correctional alternative facilities $150,000; COPS - Tribal Resource Grant program $569,706; Tribal Governments Program $754,330.
Other funds included the Prairie Island Indian Community, COPS - Tribal Resource Grant Program $190,119; Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program $300,000; Upper Sioux Indian Community, COPS - Tribal Resource Grant Program $329,600; White Earth Reservation Tribal Council, develop and enhance the Operation of Tribal Justice Systems $478,009, Tribal Resource Grant Program $990,880, Tribal Governments Program $824,632.
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