Hoeven Announces More Than $2 Million in Funding to Support Sexual Assault Survivors and Help Address Sexual Assault in North Dakota's Tribal Communities
WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women has awarded four grants totaling $2,051,106 to the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe and the First Nations Women’s Alliance in Devils Lake. Details of the awards are as follows:
- Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold – $893,098 – The funds will be used to provide education and training for law enforcement and the community as well as improve available services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
- Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – $495,000 – The funds will be used to help provide support services for domestic violence survivors and to strengthen the tribe’s criminal justice system to investigate and prosecute domestic violence and sexual assault cases.
- Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe – $345,000 – The funds are in addition to those awarded to the tribe earlier today and will fund support services for sexual assault survivors as well as training for those working with survivors.
- First Nations Women’s Alliance in Devils Lake – $318,008 – The funds will be used to help encourage partnerships between law enforcement, prosecution, courts and victim services organizations; provide education and training for law enforcement and the community; and to improve services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
“North Dakota’s tribal governments and organizations like the First Nations Women’s Alliance in Devils Lake are working hard to help survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence,” Hoeven said. “Today’s funds will help prosecute and address sexual assault while ensuring support services are in place for sexual assault survivors in tribal communities throughout our state.”
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