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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Forty-two Indian tribal governments in 19 states will receive more than $4 million in funding to improve services for Indian women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, the Justice Department announced today. In addition, funds can be used to enhance prosecution efforts in these cases. The $4.7 million in FY 1999 STOP Violence Against Indian Women grant funds are being awarded through the Department's Violence Against Women Office (VAWO).

"Tribal communities have traditionally lacked services for domestic violence victims," said Attorney General Reno. "These funds will help strengthen the system's ability to assist these victims and improve justice for Indian women."

Ten tribal governments that have not previously received STOP Indian funds will be awarded grants ranging from $50,000 to $90,000. An additional 32 tribal governments will receive grants up to $285,556 to continue projects begun with FY 1995 and FY 1997 grant funds.

"Indian women who suffer from domestic and sexual abuse are often left geographically and emotionally isolated because the services they need are unavailable or too far away," said Bonnie Campbell, VAWO Director. "These funds allow us to bring services to these women and meet their unique needs."

The American Indian Law Center, Mending the Sacred Hoop, and Sacred Circle, organizations comprised of Indian experts and leaders in their tribal communities, will receive a total of $2.3 million to provide technical assistance and training to the STOP Indian tribal grantees. The consultants include tribal judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, advocates and Indian law scholars.

Four percent of each fiscal year's STOP appropriation is statutorily reserved for the discretionary grants to tribal governments to develop and strengthen tribal law enforcement, prosecutorial strategies and victim services in cases involving violent crimes against Indian women. In Fiscal Year 1999, the set aside equals $8.2 million.

The STOP Violence Against Indian Women grants are authorized under the Violence Against Women Act provisions of the 1994 Crime Law. Attached is a list of the specific grant awards.

More information about STOP and other violence against women efforts is available at or OJP's Web site at, or call the National Criminal Justice Reference Service toll-free on 1/800-851-3420.



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ALASKA Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes


Hoonah Indian Association


CALIFORNIA Southern Indian Health Council


MAINE Passamaquoddy Tribe


NORTH DAKOTA Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe


OREGON Confederated Tribes of

Warm Springs


WASHINGTON Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe


Quinault Indian Tribe


Upper Skagit Indian Nation


WYOMING Shoshone and Arapaho

Joint Business Council





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ALASKA Bristol Bay Native Association


Native Village of St. Michael


South Central Foundation


Tanana Chiefs Conference


ARIZONA Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community


CALIFORNIA Round Valley Tribal Council


IDAHO Nez Pierce Tribe



of Gayhead


MICHIGAN Bay Mills Indian Community


Hannahville Indian Community


MISSISSIPPI Mississippi Band of

Choctaw Indians


MONTANA Crow Tribe


Fort Belknap Indian Community


NEVADA Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe


NEW MEXICO Jicarilla Apache Tribe


Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council


Pueblo of Acoma


Pueblo of Jemez


NORTH CAROLINA Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians


NORTH DAKOTA Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold Reservation


OKLAHOMA Apache Tribe of Oklahoma


Muscogee Creek Nation


Osage Tribe of Oklahoma


OREGON Confederated Tribes of

Grand Ronde


SOUTH DAKOTA Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe


Lower Brule Sioux Tribe


Oglala Sioux Tribe


Rosebud Sioux Tribe


WASHINGTON Suquamish Tribe


WISCONSIN Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa


Oneida Tribe


St. Croix Chippewa Indians





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