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Image of a Native American dreamcatcher.Native American Heritage Month

On October 28 - 29, Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary joined the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, the Associate Attorney General, and Department of Justice and OJP staff at the Department’s Tribal Nations Listening Session on Public Safety and Law Enforcement in St. Paul, Minnesota. The listening session is part of a Department effort to increase engagement and coordination with our tribal partners on criminal and juvenile justice issues. This year, OJP awarded more than $236 million in Recovery Act and Fiscal Year 2009 funds to assist tribes in constructing or renovating correctional facilities and to support tribal efforts aimed at preventing and reducing juvenile delinquency. The listening session serves as a prelude to Department activities in commemoration of National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, which is observed in November.

Read about the Department’s efforts in Indian Country. Also, on November 4th, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) hosted a Web Forum on best practices for serving elder abuse victims in Indian Country. Read a transcript of that discussion.

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