Native Americans Welcome $127 Million U.S. Anticrime Aid


Federal agents, tribal police, judges, researchers, and prosecutors at a University of New Mexico School of Law symposium this summer recited a litany of statistics that show Native American crime problems, such as the fact that Native American women suffer from violent crime at a rate 2½ times the national average, says USA Today. This week, the Justice Department announced $127 million in grants aimed at crime and justice on reservations, a move that has some Native Americans guardedly optimistic.

“I see them moving a little bit more to provide resources and listening more to Native nations,” says Hallie Bongar White, a Native American justice advocate at the Southwest Center for Law and Policy in Tucson. The 464 recognized U.S. tribes have been looking for the Obama administration to fulfill its promise to repair the broken justice system on reservations, says Ted Quasula, a Hualapai and former director of law enforcement for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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