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Ten Tribes in the Northern District of California Awarded Over $10,000,000 in Funding

SAN FRANCISCO – The Department of Justice announced today that it has awarded over $295.8 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.

“American Indian and Alaska Native communities experience rates of violent crime and domestic abuse that are among the highest in the nation,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “The awards announced today underscore the Department of Justice’s deep commitment to improving public safety in tribal communities throughout the United States. This administration will continue to work closely with our tribal partners to guarantee that they have the resources they need to combat violence and bring criminals to justice.”   

Ten tribes in the Northern District of California were awarded eighteen grants totaling   $10,592,453 in funding, representing more than twice the funding awarded in ten grants to six tribes in 2019.  The grants are as follows:
 

Tribe

Grant and Source

Amount

Big Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians

Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program (OVW)

$748,399

Cahto Tribe of Laytonville Rancheria

Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program (OVW)

$488,136

Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians

Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BJA)

$900,000

Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Formula Program Award (OVC)

$417,336

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Public Safety and Community Policing (COPS)

$477,995

Tribal Youth Program (OJJDP)

$416,030

Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Formula Program Award (OVC)

$694,698

Yurok Tribe

Public Safety and Community Policing (COPS)

$653,751

Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program (OVW)

$900,000

Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts (OJJDP)

$400,000

Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Formula Program Award (OVC)

$694,698

Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation

Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BJA)

$362,554

Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program (OVW)

$900,000

Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Formula Program Award (OVC)

$503,691

Wiyot Tribe

Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Formula Program Award (OVC)

$505,795

Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians

Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Formula Program Award (OVC)

$417,336

Karuk Tribe

Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Formula Program Award (OVC)

$694,698

Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria

Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Formula Program Award (OVC)

$417,336

Total:

$10,592,453

Nationwide, these grants were awarded to American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, and other tribal designees through the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). The CTAS is a streamlined application for tribal-specific grant programs. Of the $103 million awarded via CTAS, $41.5 million comes from the Office of Justice Programs, $39.1 million from the Office on Violence Against Women, and $22.5 million from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. More than $3.4 million in additional funds from OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to provide training and technical assistance to CTAS awardees, and almost $1.9 million was awarded to 17 tribal communities to address the public safety challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19.  

The Department also announced awards and other programming totaling $113 million in a set-aside program to serve victims of crime. The awards are intended to help tribes develop, expand, and improve services to victims by supporting programming and technical assistance. 

CTAS funding helps tribes develop and strengthen their justice systems’ response to crime, while expanding services to meet their communities’ public safety needs. The awards cover 10 purpose areas: public safety and community policing, justice systems planning, alcohol and substance abuse, corrections and correctional alternatives, children’s justice act partnerships, services for victims of crime, violence against women, juvenile justice, violent crime reduction, and tribal youth programs. 

The Department also provided more than $31 million to support a wide range of efforts to address crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking, $7 million to help tribes to comply with federal law on sex offender registration and notification, $16.1 million in separate funding to assist tribal youth, and more than $2.2 million to develop a workforce of direct victim service providers in hard-to-staff positions and locations. 

Today’s announcement is part of the Justice Department’s ongoing initiative to increase engagement, coordination, and action on public safety in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

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