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U.S. Attorney's Office for District of Montana Announces Creation of "Native Shield Initiative"

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District Of Montana Announces The Creation Of The “Native Shield Initiative”


U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced today the creation of a new initiative, the Native Shield Initiative, in partnership with county and tribal authorities in Montana.  The initiative is designed to help protect Indian women from physical and sexual violence. The new Initiative encourages the U.S. Attorney’s Office to focus on existing federal statutes that give the federal government jurisdiction to prosecute misdemeanor domestic assaults committed by a non-Indian perpetrator against an Indian victim.  The Initiative also promotes prosecutions of habitual domestic violent offenders under 18 U.S.C. § 117.  In support of the Native Shield Initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has committed to providing the following to its tribal and county law enforcement partners: training on how to submit misdemeanor domestic violence cases directly to the U.S. Attorney’s Office; training in the investigation and prosecution of crimes against women; and training on the resources available for those entities, including potentially entering into collaborative agreements with tribal and county law enforcement.


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