FOR RELEASE EOWS
APRIL 7, 2001 202/307-0703
LaCREEK DISTRICT/MARTIN, SOUTH DAKOTA
RECEIVES “WEED AND SEED” DESIGNATION
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Weed and Seed (EOWS) announced today that LaCreek District/Martin is South Dakota’s newest “Officially Recognized” Weed and Seed site. The announcement was made at a ceremony today attended by United States Senate Minority Leader Thomas Daschle, Martin Mayor William Kuxhaus, Oglala Sioux Tribe Pine Ridge President John Yellow Bird Steele, United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota Ted McBride and Justice Department EOWS officials. Operation Weed and Seed is a Justice Department community-based multi-agency strategy that “weeds out” violent crime, gang activity, drug use and drug trafficking in targeted neighborhoods and then “seeds” the target area by restoring these neighborhoods through social and economic revitalization. When a site earns “Official Recognition,” it becomes eligible to apply for Department of Justice Weed and Seed funds. The designation also gives sites priority for participating in federally sponsored training and technical assistance; use of the Weed and Seed logo; and eligibility to attend national EOWS training conferences. There are currently more than 250 officially recognized Weed and Seed sites throughout the country.
The Weed and Seed strategy recognizes the importance of linking and integrating federal, state and local law enforcement and criminal justice efforts with social services, and private sector and community efforts to maximize the impact of existing programs and resources. Community involvement is an essential element of the strategy: local residents must be empowered to assist in solving problems in their neighborhoods.
South Dakota’s newest Weed and Seed site is a cooperative effort of the LaCreek District of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the City of Martin. South Dakota now has three “Officially Recognized” Weed and Seed sites: LaCreek District/Martin, Enemy Swim and Rapid City.
At the ceremony, United States Attorney Ted McBride said, “This designation is the result of a collaborative effort on the part of the entities of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the City of Martin, community organizations, and private citizens. Hopefully, other communities in South Dakota will take note of this model as they develop and implement crime prevention strategies.”
EOWS Director Stephen Rickman said, “We are happy to welcome LaCreek District/Martin into the Weed and Seed family. We hope that this community enjoys the benefits from this proven strategy and takes advantage of the many opportunities of this designation.”
To learn more about the Weed and Seed strategy and other Weed and Seed programs and conferences, visit the EOWS Website at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/eows.
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