Tester Secures Millions for Crime Prevention, Victim Support in Indian Country

BIG SANDY, Mont. (NMB) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester is announcing nearly $8 million in Department of Justice grant funding for Montana tribes, as part of his ongoing effort to provide resources to Indian Country to bolster Tribal Courts, support victims, and combat violence against Native American women.

A press release says that the Chippewa Cree Tribe will be receiving $350,000 for Tribal victim services and $250,000 for the Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities Program to hire a full-time Project Coordinator & Child Advocate, send project staff to forensic interviewer training, provide emergency food, clothing, and personal hygiene products for child abuse victims, and support a public awareness campaign about child abuse.

The Fort Belknap Indian Community will receive nearly $300,000 to support the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program. Grant funds will retain one compliance officer to support coordinated interagency efforts to enhance sex offender registration and notification.

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