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Federal Grants To Help Native American Women

Bismarck, ND – Two Indian reservations in North Dakota are receiving over 400-thousand-dollars in federal grants to support programs that address violent crimes against women. The U-S Department of Justice has granted the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in Belcourt almost 275-thousand-dollars and the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe near Devils Lake over 130-thousand-dollars.

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Chairman Kenneth Davis says the grant money will be used to continue the day-to-day operations of the Hearts of Hope Domestic Violence Shelter on the reservation.
If we didn't have these funds, it would significantly curtail what we could do there. We have other funds that are used in the operations but it would significantly curtail the assistance we could provide to victims.
Davis says there is a direct relationship between poverty and domestic violence.
You end up having high levels of substance abuse, alcohol abuse. And these directly contribute to the abuse against other individuals. And this abuse isn't exclusively against women it could be against men. And due to the situation here at Turtle Mountain where we have sixty percent unemployment and we've had a fairly large problem with meth abuse all of those are contributing factors.
The funding is from the STOP Violence Against Women Discretionary Grant Program a program to assist tribal governments in strengthening responses to domestic violence and sexual assault.