Hoeven: DOJ Awards $500K to University of North Dakota

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations and Indian Affairs Committees, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance has awarded $500,000 to the University of North Dakota (UND). The funds will support a collaboration between the Tribal Judicial Institute at UND’s School of Law and the National Tribal Judicial Center, which works to provide training and technical assistance for the Tribal Court Assistance Program. The partnership will serve as a national resource for Native American tribes seeking to enhance or develop their justice systems. 

“It’s important for us to invest in programs that will help to ensure public safety for all North Dakotans, whether they are living on or off a reservation,” Hoeven said. “Today’s grant will support the partnership between UND’s Tribal Judicial Institute and the National Tribal Judicial Center, which will provide tribes with critical resources as they work towards enhancing their judicial systems.”

Through his role on the Appropriations Committee, Hoeven has worked to secure funding for North Dakota that will boost public safety. Last week, Hoeven announced that the DOJ awarded $550,000 to UND to increase sexual assault services, implement trauma-informed and culturally specific approaches to help victims recover and improve ties between services, law enforcement and court-related service providers.