Native American tribes in South Dakota have been awarded more than $4.3 million in U.S. Department of Justice grants to enhance law enforcement practices, help fight violence against women and provide tribal youth programs, U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson announced.

The recipients include the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Reservation, Wiconi Wawokiya Inc., and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

The Department of Justice is awarding over 200 grants to more than 110 Native American and Alaska Native nations. The grants will provide in excess of $101 million to enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in ten purpose areas. They include public safety and community policing, justice systems planning, alcohol and substance abuse, corrections and correctional alternatives, violence against women, elder abuse, juvenile justice and tribal youth programs.

The awards are made through the Department’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a single application for tribal-specific grant programs. The DOJ developed CTAS through its Office of Community Oriented Policing, Office of Justice Programs and Office on Violence against Women, and administered the first round of consolidated grants in September 2010. It awarded 286 grants totaling $245 million in 2011 and 2012. Information about the consolidated solicitation is available at www.justice.gov/tribal/. A fact sheet on CTAS is available at www.justice.gov//tribal/ctas2012/ctas-factsheet.pdf

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