The Department of Justice announced today that it will award more than $246 million in grants to Alaskan Native American and Native American communities to improve public safety and help victims of crime. The announcement coincides with the 17th annual tribal government-to-government consultation on violence against women being held Sept. 21-23 in Anchorage, Alaska.
“Each year, this event serves as a necessary reminder of the violence perpetrated against women in tribal communities across the country, as well as an important opportunity to address this public safety crisis with due urgency,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “The Department of Justice remains committed to honoring our nation-to-nation partnerships and making tribal communities safer.”
The purpose of this event is to seek recommendations from tribal leaders on how to manage tribal funds and programs and improve the safety of Native American and Alaska Native women from domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, murder, stalking and sex trafficking, along with strengthening the response of the federal government to these crimes. The annual consultation, convened by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), is required by law to address the federal administration of tribal grant funds and programs funded under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) and its subsequent ones new permits have been established. In addition to addressing violent crimes that disproportionately harm women and girls, the consultation will also focus on ways to improve access to local, regional, state and federal crime databases and criminal justice information systems.
More than four in five adult American Indians and Alaska Natives have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime. This equates to almost three million people who have experienced stalking, sexual violence or physical violence by intimate partners.
“With this 17th annual consultation, the first to be held in Alaska,…