Funding will be used to provide victim services to tribal communities across Montana
U.S. Senate – U.S. Senator Jon Tester has announced $ 4,756,073 for eleven grants from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support victims of domestic violence and child abuse ‘children on Montana reservations.
The first round of Department of Justice grants is part of the Tribal Victim Services Formula Grant program and will be received by the Blackfeet Tribe, the Northern Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club, Confederate Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) , Fort Peck Assiniboine and the Sioux Tribes and the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Reservation. The second round of Department of Justice grants is part of the Child Justice Act 2021 Partnership Program for Indian Communities and will be received by the CSKT and the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes.
The first round of HHS grants is part of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPS) and will be received by the National Resource Center for Indigenous Women in Lame Deer, the headquarters of the North Cheyenne Reservation. The second round of HHS grants is part of the Community Health Assistance Program and will be received by the Indian community of Fort Belknap.
“Governments and tribal organizations are leading the way in preventing domestic violence, child abuse and supporting victims, and this funding will ensure they have the resources they need,” Tester said. “Domestic violence, child abuse and the MMIP epidemic go hand in hand, and it is essential to ensure that victims are provided with the safety and support necessary to address these issues and to honor our trust and responsibilities. conventional towards the tribes. ”
Funding for the grant includes:
Tribal grants from the Department of Justice Crime Victims Fund:
- $ 422,695 for CSKT
- $ 543,066 for the Blackfoot tribe
- $ 472,469 for the Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne du Nord
- $ 422,694 for Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes
- $ 371,289 for the Chippewa Cree tribe of the Rocky Boy reserve
Partnerships for Indian communities under the Department of Justice’s Juvenile Justice Act:
- $ 323,860 for Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes
- $ 450,000 for CSKT
FVPS Grants for Health and Social Services at the National Resource Center for Indigenous Women:
- $ 450,000 to support the Capacity Building Center on Safe and Supported Housing for Victims of Domestic Violence in Tribal Communities (Tribal Safe Housing Center)
- $ 1,300,000 for the National Indian Resource Center to fight domestic violence
Tester has worked diligently to ensure that victims of crime in Montana have the resources they need to get back on their feet. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, he has secured a five percent crime victims fund for tribes since 2018. He also helped pass the bipartisan VOCA Fix to Sustain the law. Crime Victims Fund Act, to protect the creditworthiness of the fund and to make an additional $ 4-7 billion in non-taxpayer money available to service providers for victims of crime over the next several years by enabling the deposit in the Fund of fines arising from non-prosecution and deferred prosecution agreements.
As the former Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Tester has also consistently fought to provide tribal governments and organizations with the resources they need to reduce crime and tackle the epidemic of murdered and missing Indigenous people ( MMIP). He led the Senate passage of the Savannah Law and the Non-Invisible Law, both of which were enacted in October 2020, improving information sharing and collaboration between tribal and federal agencies responsible for the law enforcement.