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Yakama Nation receives crime-fighting grant

From Yakama Herald



Yakama Nation receives crime-fighting grant



Nearly $2 million in federal grants has been awarded to the Yakama Nation to help combat crime on the reservation.

The Yakama Nation was among 15 tribes in the state to receive a share of more than $13 million in federal grants geared to help reduce crime in indian country, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell's office announced Wednesday.

Nationwide, 300 federal grants totaling $127 million were awarded to tribes in 31 states under the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, a collaboration between several programs under the U.S. Department of Justice.

The grants are designed to help tribes implement the recently enacted Tribal Law and Order Act, which increases collaboration among federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies in effort to curb crime on tribal land.

Co-sponsored by Cantwell and Sen. Patty Murray and signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 29, the Tribal Law and Order Act also re-authorizes tribal law and justice programs to fight gangs, drug smuggling and violence.

The Yakamas received $1 million for community- oriented policing services, $500,000 for programs to prevent and reduce alcohol and drug related crime and another $450,000 to use to combat violence against women.

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