U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins has announced a federal grant totaling $900,000 to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the Western District of North Carolina. The grant program is designed to enhance law enforcement practices and prevention of violence against women.
In announcing the grant U.S. Attorney Tompkins stated, “We are excited about this grant because it specifically targets violence against women within the reservation. Building and sustaining a safe and secure environment in our tribal region is a priority for my office and this grant will help put an end to the unacceptable rate of violence against women in Indian Country.”
The awards are made through the department’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a single application for tribal-specific grant programs.
The department developed CTAS through its Office of Community Oriented Policing, Office of Justice Programs and Office on Violence against Women, and administered the first round of consolidated grants in September 2010. It awarded 286 grants totaling $245 million in 2011 and 2012. Information about the consolidated solicitation is available at www.justice.gov/tribal/. A fact sheet on CTAS is available at www.justice.gov/tribal/ctas2012/ctas-factsheet.pdf.
The announcement is part of the Justice Department’s ongoing initiative to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities.