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Crime, Law and Justice

Nearly A Million Dollars To Fund Two Northwest Attorneys Focused On Violence Against Native Women

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Two Northwest tribes will get money from the US Department of Justice to fund attorneys who will focus on issues of domestic violence in Native communities.

In an announcement, US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said holding perpetrators accountable and providing victims with services is “a critical part of the Department’s response” to violence against women.

To that end, Rosenstein announced funding to support four new Tribal Special Assistant US Attorneys. They’ll collaborate with federal and tribal jurisdictions.

A prosecutor with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla based in Oregon did not return requests for comment.

Nearly $440,000 dollars will go to fund an Attorney with the Umatilla tribes. The Confederated tribes of the Colville in Northeastern Washington will also receive an award. Funding will also go to tribes in Arizona and South Dakota.