Four American Indian tribes in Nevada along with a tribal organization will split $3.625 million in grants for enhanced law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts according to an announcement by Nevada Senator Harry Reid recently.
The monies will be dispersed among the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley, Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California and the Inter Tribal Council of Nevada.
The Fallon Paiute will receive $499,938 towards its Tribal Courts Assistance Program. The tribe’s judicial system consists of a tribal court, drug court coordinator, a judge and probation office.
Duck Valley will use $981,310 across three platforms of law enforcement. The biggest allotment, $500,000, will be used in the fight against Indian alcohol and substance abuse. The remainder will be split between the Indian Tribal Governments Program ($250,000) and facility improvements ($231,310).
Reid announced that the Te-Moak will split $844,843 between its methamphetamine enforcement ($232,011) and the purchase of new equipment and training ($612,832).
Washoe received $112,997 that will be used toward the planned multi-purpose justice center.
The remaining $427,367 will go towards Indian Tribal Government Programs through the Council. The Council was formed in 1966 as a tribal organization to serve as a large political body for the small Nevada tribes. Presently the Council handles federal and state funded programs aimed at improving the well-being of community members according to its website.
“I’m pleased that tribes in Nevada will receive this funding to ensure safety and justice in their communities,” Reid said in a press release. “We must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to reduce crime rates and drug abuse in Indian Country.”
According to the press release, the awards are made under the Department of Justice’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a single application for tribal-specific grant programs.