Posted: Sep 14, 2011 12:20 PM by Michael Macias
IGNACIO, Colo. (AP) - Some 150 American Indian tribes are getting $118.4 million in federal grants to improve justice and safety on reservations.
The grants announced Wednesday by Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli aim to enhance law enforcement and prevent crime. Perrilli announced in Ignacio during the Four Corners Indian Country Conference.
Money from the grants is meant to help tribes with public safety and community policing, methamphetamine enforcement, justice systems, alcohol and substance abuse, and corrections and correctional alternatives. They're also meant to fund programs to prevent violence against women, elder abuse, and provide tribal youth programs.
Grants were awarded under a streamlined system called Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, developed last year after tribal leaders complained the justice department's grant-making process was too cumbersome.