Eight Oregon tribes will receive nearly $6 million in federal funding earmarked for public safety and law enforcement initiatives, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, located in northeast Oregon near Pendleton, will receive the most out of Oregon tribes, with funds totaling more than $1.6 million. Most of the money almost $890,000 will go toward an Indian tribal governments program.
Eligible programs had to fall within eight focus areas, including community policing, justice systems, alcohol and substance abuse, violence against woman and youth programs.
These grants are about making communities safer and stronger, said U.S. Attorney Dwight C. Holton in a statement. Were lucky to have tribal leadership throughout Oregons tribes with initiatives that are smart, innovative and effective and Im glad that folks in Washington are rewarding their excellent leadership with support for these terrific ideas.
The Coquille Indian Tribe, located along the Oregon Coast near Bend, will also receive more than $1 million. The funds will go toward several areas, including tribal youth programs and planning for a multipurpose justice center.
The remaining six tribes that will receive funds are: the Burns Paiute Tribe (almost $300,000), the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians (about $780,000), the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians (nearly $420,000), the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon (more than $760,000), the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation (more than $500,000) and the Klamath Tribes (nearly $500,000).
The money comes through the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, a single-application program first used in 2010 designed to streamline the application process for Justice Department-administered funds.
About 150 tribes were awarded a total of nearly $120 million nationwide, the Justice Department said.