FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEVAWO
MONDAY, JUNE 15, 1998202/307-0703

VICE PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES TO RECEIVE

$4.9 MILLION TO COMBAT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Fifty-seven Indian tribal governments in 20 states will be able to provide better services for adult Indian women victims of domestic violence and prosecute more domestic violence cases as a result of $4.9 million in Fiscal Year 1998 STOP Violence Against Indian Women grant funds awarded today by the Justice Department.

"For too long, many Indian women who have been victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault have suffered in isolation, unable to gain access to needed services such as counseling, legal help and shelter," Vice President Gore said. "Today's awards demonstrate our continued commitment to and recognition of the needs of Indian communities and allows them to provide services to meet those needs."

This year there are 24 new tribal grantees, bringing the total number to 112 tribal governments that have received STOP Indian funds since the first grant awards were made in 1995. These tribal grantees serve a total of 233 Indian communities.

"This program has allowed us to help an unprecedented number of Indian tribes improve their services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault," said Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, the agency that administers the grants. "We're proud of all that we have done to strengthen the partnership between the federal government and the tribes to respond to their desire to improve access to justice for so many Indian women."

The 24 tribal governments that have not previously received STOP Indian funds will receive grants ranging from $34,860 to $84,000. Another 33 tribal grantees will receive grants up to $104,000 to continue funding projects begun with FY 96 STOP Indian grant funds. The remainder of the FY 98 STOP Indian program grant funds will be awarded to tribal applicants requesting continuation funding, pending successful completion of monitoring activities, including site visits.

The American Indian Law Center, Mending the Sacred Hoop, and Sacred Circle, organizations that are Native American experts and leaders in their tribal communities, also will receive grant funds later this year to provide technical assistance and training to the STOP Indian tribal grantees. The consultants include tribal judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, advocates and Indian law scholars.

The Fiscal Year 1998 STOP formula and discretionary appropriation is $172 million. Four percent of each fiscal year appropriation, which this year is $6.8 million, for the STOP Violence Against Women grants program is statutorily reserved for the discretionary grants to tribal governments to develop and strengthen tribal law enforcement, prosecutorial strategies and victims services in cases involving violent crimes against Indian women.

The STOP Violence Against Indian Women Grants Program awards are authorized under the Violence Against Women provisions of the 1994 Crime Law. Attached is a list of the specific grant awards.

To learn more about STOP and other violence against women efforts, visit the Violence Against Women Grants Office web site at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/VAWO or OJP's web site at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov, or call the National Criminal Justice Reference Service

toll-free on 1/800-851-3420. Media should contact the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs on 202/307-0703.

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After hours contact: Linda Mansour on 202/616-3534 or page on 888/582-6750

FY 1998 STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST INDIAN WOMEN

DISCRETIONARY GRANTS
ALABAMA
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Poarch Band of Creek Indians $86,000
ALASKA
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Bristol Bay Native Association $104,000
Chugachmiut Tribe $88,775
Ketchikan Indian Corporation $86,862
Native Village of Larsen Bay $66,492
Sitka Tribe $98,900
ARIZONA
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Colorado River Indian Tribe $84,000
Hopi Tribe $99,990
Pascua Yaqui Tribe $88,047
White Mountain Apache Tribe $77,452
Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe $34,860
CALIFORNIA
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe $99,908
Intertribal Council of California $84,000
Tuolumne MeWuk Tribe $53,263
Two Feathers Indian Child Welfare Program $84,000
FLORIDA
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Miccosukee Corporation $68,237
LOUISIANA
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Chitimacha Tribe $75,000
MAINE
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians $70,617
MICHIGAN
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians $100,000
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians $84,000
MINNESOTA
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Leech Lake Tribe $84,000
Red Lake Band of Chippewa $84,000
MONTANA
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Blackfeet Nation $100,000
Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes $84,000
Northern Cheyenne Tribe $100,000
NEBRASKA
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska $61,352
Winnebago Tribe $84,000
NEVADA
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada $100,000
Lovelock Paiute Tribe $84,000
Paiute-Shoshone Tribe

Fallon Reservation

$89,430
NEW MEXICO
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Pueblo of Laguna $74,249
Pueblo of San Felipe $91,544
Pueblo of Zuni $83,913
NEW YORK
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Seneca Nation $84,000
NORTH DAKOTA
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Trenton Indian Service Area $84,000
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa $100,000
OKLAHOMA
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Chickasaw Nation $81,230
Choctaw Nation $84,000
Miami Tribe $84,000
Otoe-Missouria Tribe $84,000
Ponca Tribe $97,582
Quapaw Tribe $84,000
Tonkawa Tribe $84,000
OREGON
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians $82,056
SOUTH DAKOTA
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe $100,000
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe $100,000
Northern Plains Intertribal Court of Appeals $83,958
Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe $64,000
WASHINGTON
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Lummi Indian Nation $100,000
Puyallup Tribe $100,000
Quileute Indian Tribe $84,000
Spokane Indian Tribe $84,000
Tulalip Tribe $84,000
Yakima Nation $100,000
WISCONSIN
Tribal Grantee Award Amount
Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe $100,000
Lac du Flambeau Tribe $87,222
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa $84,000

BOLD = FY 1998 new tribal grantees

*Some dollar amounts may change slightly after final financial review.