Grant funds to support victims and prevent crime in Indian Country
As part of his ongoing work with the tribes of Montana to improve public safety, U.S. Senator Jon Tester secured $3,573,360 in funding from the Department of Justice to support tribal law enforcement and provide security communities.
“Keeping Montananese and our communities safe remains my top priority,” said Tester. “I’m proud to have worked with tribal leaders and my colleagues across the way to secure this funding so that the tribes of Montana have the tools they need to hold criminals accountable and help victims recover.”
Funding for Tester for Tribes comes from four different Department of Justice programs: the Tribal Set-Aside Program of the Crime Victim Fund (CVF), the Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Program, the Coordinating Grants Program for the fiscal year 2022 (FY22) and FY22. Tribal Assistance Solicitation Competitive Grant Program.
FVC Tribal Layaway Grants may be used for purposes directly related to serving victims of crime, and the Office for Victims of Crime encourages its tribal partners to be creative and innovative in the use of funds to provide culturally relevant, linguistically appropriate, victim-centred services. Recipients will use the resources to implement services for victims of crime that meet community-identified needs and reflect the values and traditions of the tribal community.
Beneficiaries of the CVF Tribal Set-Aside include:
- $609,751 for the Crow Tribe
- $719,669 for the Blackfeet Tribe
- $504,456 for the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes
- $410,245 for the Chippewa Cree Tribe
Recipients of other grants include:
- The Fort Belknap Indian Community will receive a coordination grant of $739,501 for FY22, which will be used to improve victim services and to help prevent incidents related to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Persons (MMIPs) and cases of human trafficking. This will be accomplished by hiring two Victim/Witness Specialists (VWS) to help improve victim advocacy, connections to culture-based intervention services and other local resources. The VWS will work with other agencies such as the Chief Tribal Attorney, Law Enforcement, Criminal Investigator, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to improve local laws, policies, and protocols for victims of crime.
- The Chippewa Cree Tribe will receive a competitive $450,000 Tribal Assistance Solicitation Grant for fiscal year 2022, which will bolster its ongoing efforts to improve the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of cases of criminal abuse and neglect. children on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation. Funds will be used to hire 1 full-time equivalent child advocate who will work exclusively with child victims of child abuse, neglect and sexual abuse and non-abusing family members; attend training required by OVC; purchase a data management system; train staff; and providing services to at least 180 child victims of abuse and neglect, or approximately five children per month.
- The Crow Tribe will receive a $129,552 COPS grant that will be used to develop a comprehensive tribal justice system-wide strategic plan to build internal capacity and capacity for an effective and sustainable community public safety program.
- The Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Fort Peck will receive a $10,186 Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program grant, which will support a wide range of crime prevention and control activities based on their own needs and state conditions and premises. Grant funds may be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contract support, and information systems for criminal justice or civil litigation.
As former chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Tester has always fought to provide tribal governments and organizations with the resources they need to reduce crime and fight the MMIP epidemic. He led the passage of the Senate from Savanna’s Act and the Unseen Actwhich were both signed into law in October 2020, improving information sharing and collaboration between tribal and federal law enforcement agencies, and it has secured millions to strengthen law enforcement, improve security public and support victims in Indian country.
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tester is a tireless advocate for increasing police funding and ensuring tribal law enforcement officers have the resources they need to provide security. communities. He recently secured more than $1 billion in critical funding for local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety programs through the 2022 “omnibus” bipartisan funding program. Tester was the only member of the Montana delegation to support the bill, which included $647.7 million for Byrne JAG Funding of a $190 million increase-in fiscal year 2022 (FY22) omnibus appropriations package. This included $382 million, a 6% increase, to support state, local and tribal criminal justice systems.
Additionally, Tester is pushing for increased funding for Montana law enforcement in its bipartisan Narcotics and Trafficking Agent Assistance in Drug Interdiction (ANTI) Act to combat drug trafficking.