Grants given to Quinault, Elwha tribes

Peninsula Daily News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Crime-prevention programs operated by the Lower Elwha Klallam will receive more than $1 million, while those of the Quinault tribe will get more than $500,000, the Department of Justice said.

The Lower Elwha will get a total of $1,293, 271.

The Quinault Indian Nation was awarded $561,732.

The grants are among the 200 given to more than 110 tribes, the federal Department of Justice said last week.

Of the money going to the Lower Elwha, $500,792 will go to a tribal youth program for delinquency prevention, while the remainder is earmarked for the Community Oriented Policing Services — or COPS — Tribal Resources Grant Program, with $660,731 allocated to hiring and $131,748 to equipment and training.

The Quinault tribe grant will go toward the COPS tribal resources grant program, with $424,478 allocated to hiring and $137,254 going to equipment and training.

Calls for more details from tribal representatives were not immediately returned Friday.

Nationwide, the federal grants will provide more than $101 million to enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime-prevention and intervention efforts in 10 purpose areas, including public safety and community policing, justice systems planning, alcohol and substance abuse, corrections and correctional alternatives, violence against women, elder abuse, juvenile justice and tribal youth programs.

“Over the last several years, we’ve consulted with tribes and participated in listening sessions that provided a clear message of a need for coordination and flexibility to access our grant resources,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West.

“Our outreach and communication with tribal governments have been critical to our understanding of how to better serve and support our tribal partners,” he added. “These awards represent our ongoing commitment to help put an end to the unacceptable and sobering crime rates witnessed in Indian Country.”

The awards are made through the department’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, a single application for tribal-specific grant programs that the department developed through its Office of Community Oriented Policing, Office of Justice Programs and Office on Violence Against Women.

The first round of consolidated grants was administered in September 2010. In 2011 and 2012, the department awarded 286 grants totaling $245 million.

The Justice Department will hold its annual consultation on violence against native women Tuesday in Tulsa, Okla.

In addition, on Wednesday and Thursday, an Interdepartmental Tribal Justice, Safety and Wellness Session will be held in Tulsa that will provide a listening session on the Tribal Law and Order Act Tribal Justice Plan Implementation Strategy and include training and technical assistance.

Last modified: September 30. 2012 6:17PM
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