PIERRE, S.D. — Six of the nine Sioux tribes in South Dakota were awarded a total of $4.241 million in additional funding from the U.S. Department of Justice for public safety programs as part of $273.4 million awarded to tribal programs nationwide, according to a news release Friday, Oct. 18, from U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons in Sioux Falls.
According to Parsons’ news release:
- The Cheyenne River Tribe based at Eagle Butte received $450,000 in funding for the Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program.
- The Santee Tribe at Flandreau received $716,968 for the Tribal Victim Services Program.
- The Oglala Tribe at Pine Ridge received $738,871, of which $449,318 is for the Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program, and $289,553 is for the Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities.
- The Rosebud Sioux Tribe received $1,508,794, of which $792,134 is for the Public Safety and Community Policing program, and $716,660 is for the Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse program.
- The Yankton Tribe received $326,356 for Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities.
Also, announced Friday by the DOJ as an award going to a North Dakota tribe, the Standing Rock tribe — which is based at Fort Yates, N.D., but straddles the border with South Dakota with much of its land in South Dakota — received $500,000 for its Tribal Victim Services Program.
“These DOJ grants for additional public safety funding are supplemental to existing funding levels sustained through the Bureau of Indian Affairs,” said Parsons, U.S. attorney for South Dakota. “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.”
The federal government, including the FBI, has primary jurisdiction on serious crimes in “Indian Country,” according to federal law, including on the nine Indian reservations in South Dakota and also some other crimes committed off reservations by tribal members.
“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 U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr in the news release. “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.”
Nationwide, 236 grants were awarded to 149 American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages and other tribal designees through the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, a streamlined application for tribal-specific grant programs.