Two programs of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will receive a total of $891,216 in grant funds from the Department of Justice. The EBCI Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program is set to receive $650,000 and the EBCI Juvenile Justice program will receive $241,216.
The grants were made through the DOJ’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) program. In all, over $90 million in grants were distributed to 110 American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, tribal consortia and tribal designated non-profits.
“These programs take a community-based and comprehensive approach to the root causes and consequences of crime, as well as target areas of possible intervention and treatment,” Associate Attorney General Tony West said in a statement. “The CTAS programs are critical tools to help reverse unacceptably high rates of crime in Indian Country, and they are a product of the shared commitment by the Department of Justice and tribal nations to strengthen and sustain healthy communities today and for future generations.”