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DOJ Hands out Millions in New Indian Country Initiative

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DOJ Hands out Millions in New Indian Country Initiative
Posted By Andrew Ramonas On September 15, 2010 @ 6:13 pm In News | No Comments
The Justice Department is doling out millions of dollars to American Indian communities as part of a new initiative designed to streamline
the distribution of law enforcement grants to tribes, a senior DOJ official announced Wednesday at the Smithsonian National Museum of
the American Indian.
Tribes will receive $127 million to help improve their justice
systems, stop youth substance abuse and assist crime victims as
part of the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, which
simplifies the application process for 10 DOJ grant programs,
Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli said.
“Today, we take another major step toward true nation-to-nation
collaboration,” Perrelli said.
The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation draws on American
Indian grant programs from the Office of Justice Programs, Office
of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Office on Violence
Against Women. Tribes interested in obtaining funds from the DOJ
previously had to submit forms to the correlating grant offices, but
now they can turn in one application for all their grant requests.
Perrelli said the DOJ received almost 200 more funding requests
after implementing the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation in
The DOJ under Attorney General Eric Holder has made American
Indian issues a top priority. The department has hired more
prosecutors to handle crimes on reservations and initiated several
new plans and policies to help lower the high crime levels in Indian
“[The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation] is part of the
Department of Justice’s broader strategy of increased
engagement with tribal communities across a broad range of areas,” Perrelli said. “CTAS encourages tribal nations to take a
comprehensive look at the public safety challenges they’re facing and to work with the department to find ways to address them.”

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