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Rocky Boy, Fort Belknap Awarded Crime-Fighting Funds

The Chippewa Cree Tribe is in line for $600,000, and the Fort Belknap Agency will receive nearly $300,000 in federal funds to fight crimes on the reservations.

The money is part of a $7.9 million justice grant to Montana Native tribes announced by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., on Monday.

The Chippewa Cree will receive $350,000 from the U.S. Justice Department to assist victims of crime on the Rocky Boy‘s Indian Reservation.

An additional $250,000 was awarded to the Chippewa Cree for the Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities program. A full-time project coordinator and child advocate will be hired. The program will send project staff to forensic interview training.

Some of the money also will be spent to provide emergency food, clothing and personal hygiene products for child abuse victims. A public awareness program about child abuse will also be launched. 

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At Fort Belknap, the tribes will receive $299,881 from an Adam Walsh Act grant, a program named after a Hollywood, Fla., child who was abducted from a Sears store in 1981. The youth’s father, John Walsh, created the television program “America’s Most Wanted.”

A compliance officer who coordinates sex offender registration and notification will be retained.

“Tribal governments are working nonstop to move Naive American communities forward by preventing crime and combatIng violence,” Tester said. 

Grants are being awarded to five other reservations in Montana and to state programs aimed at helping crime victims, especially crimes against women.

Tribal officials at Rocky Boy and Fort Belknap were not available for comment Monday.

Email John Kelleher at (406) 262-7778
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