Five Tribes in South Dakota awarded $3.7 million in funding

SIOUX FALLS S.D. – Five tribes in South Dakota have been awarded over $3.7 million in additional public safety funding through the Department of Justice.

The Department of Justice announce today that it has awarded over $273.4 million in grants to improve public safety, serve victims of crime, combat violence against women and support youth programs in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

“Violent crime and domestic abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native communities remain at unacceptably high levels, and they demand a response that is both clear and comprehensive,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “We will continue to work closely with our tribal partners to guarantee they have the resources they need to curb violence and bring healing to the victims most profoundly affected by it.”  

Five tribes in South Dakota were awarded $3,740,989 in funding for various programs: The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe received funding for the Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program; the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe received funding for the Tribal Victim Services Program; the Oglala Sioux Tribe received funding for both the Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program, and for the Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities; the Rosebud Sioux Tribe received funding for both the Public Safety and
Community Policing program, and for the Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse program; and the Yankton Sioux Tribe funding for Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities.

“These DOJ grants for additional public safety funding are supplemental to existing funding levels sustained through the Bureau of Indian Affairs,” said U.S. Attorney Parsons.  “It is our hope that they will help bridge the gap for these Tribal governments and go a long way toward making every community in South Dakota as safe as it can possibly be.”

Nationwide, 236 grants were awarded to 149 American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages and other tribal designees through a streamlined application for tribal-specific grant programs. For a full listing of announced awards click HERE

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