Three Upper Peninsula tribes to receive federal grants

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U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge today announced that, as part of a nationwide rollout, the Department of Justice has awarded $2,438,323 in grants to improve public safety, serve victims of crime, and support youth programs in tribal communities in the Western District of Michigan.

“The Department of Justice is pleased to make the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation available to federally recognized tribes, providing a transparent and simple process to apply for grants that best suit the needs of their community,” said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta. “This one-step app gives tribes access to critical resources to help them meet the critical public safety needs of their communities.”

“These awards underscore the Department of Justice’s commitment to helping federally recognized tribes keep their communities safe,” said U.S. Attorney Birge. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than four out of five American Indian and Alaska Native adults have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime. This equates to almost three million people who have been victims of harassment, sexual violence, psychological attacks or physical violence from intimate partners.

“Each year, the department invests millions of dollars to help our tribal partners address the challenges of violent crime and domestic violence in their communities and strengthen their public safety infrastructure,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Amy. L. Solomon for the Office of the Department of Justice. Court programs. “We are pleased to support the essential work that Tribal Nations are undertaking in communities across the country. More than $73 million will be awarded through CTAS, a streamlined application that helps tribes apply for tribe-specific grant programs that improve law enforcement and tribal justice practices, expand services to victims and support crime prevention and intervention efforts. The CTAS grants are administered by OJP ($48 million) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS Office) ($25 million).

“These grants provide vital resources to tribal law enforcement and their communities by providing equipment and training, as well as resources to help officers understand and better serve their communities in areas of domestic violence. , harassment and sex trafficking, and to mitigate the harmful effects of drug addiction. and crime have on individuals and their families,” said Acting Director Robert Chapman of the PSC office. The COPS office also awarded $400,000 to Western Oregon University to create an innovative, structured, tribal-centered approach to improving the functioning of the criminal justice system to address the concerns of Native American and Indigenous communities across the country. Alaska regarding missing and murdered Indigenous peoples, especially missing and murdered women and girls.

In addition to CTAS funding, OJP has awarded more than $100 million through the Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside to improve services for victims of crime in tribal communities. OJP’s Office for Victims Crime is supporting tribal beneficiaries with capacity building, training and technical assistance (over $6.8 million) and an updated Tribal Resource Tool (199 $999), which maps the availability of victim services in tribal communities.

An additional $2.9 million will be awarded under the Child Justice Act partnership to tribes to improve the handling of cases centered on criminal child abuse and neglect. The department also funded $6.5 million through OJP’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Supervision, Registration, and Tracking to help tribes comply with federal law. on registration and notification of sex offenders.

The following tribes in the Western District of Michigan received funding:

• Bay Mills Indian Community: $508,245 o Tribal Youth Program (OJJDP)

Old Desert Lake Band of Chippewa Indians of Lake Superior: $851,176 o Tribal Justice Systems (BJA)

Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians$1,078,902 o Public Safety and Community Policing (COPS Office): $628,902 o Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (OVC): $450,000

Information about the Office of Justice Programs’ fiscal year 2021 grants is available online at the OJP grants page: https://www.ojp.gov/fy21-ojp-grant-awards. The page will be updated as rewards are released. Information about grants awarded by the COPS office for fiscal year 2021 is available online at the COPS grants page: https://cops.usdoj.gov/grants.

The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s ability to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in the administration of justice, help victims and strengthen the rule of law.

For more information about OJP and its components, visit www.ojp.gov. The COPS Office is the component of the United States Department of Justice charged with advancing the practice of community policing by state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide through information and grants. For more information about the COPS office, go to https://cops.usdoj.gov/.

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