Native American tribe, coalition to receive federal grants

PORT ANGELES — The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and a Native American coalition based in Sequim have been notified they will receive federal grants to provide domestic abuse and sexual violence victim services.

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Port Angeles will receive a $498,865 federal grant to provide housing and services to victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse.

The Washington State Native American Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault of Sequim will receive $318,008 to raise awareness and provide services to Native American victims of sexual assault, domestic abuse and sex trafficking.

The grants are part of a $6.2 million package the U.S. Department of Justice will provide to a dozen Western Washington entities working to combat domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.

The grants also fund services to victims and programs to prevent violence and abuse.

“I’m pleased that these grant monies support programs that assist victims of domestic and sexual violence, and prevent such violence in the future,” Hayes said.

“These grants are aimed at assisting a wide range of Western Washington residents from tribal members, to immigrants, to members of our LGBTQ community. I commend the groups whose proposals rose to the top and received funding.”

Nonprofits receiving grants are the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, Young Women’s Christian Association YWCA and the NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors, all of Seattle; and the Turning Point Domestic Violence Services in Shelton.

Both King County and Pierce County received grant funding, as did Clark College in Vancouver, Wash.

Other tribes receiving grants were the Tulalip Tribes of Washington and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community of La Conner.

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