Editorial: Tribes use stimulus for justice programs
"Some terrible statistics loom over the lives of indigenous women: They are more than twice as likely as non-Native women to be victims of sexual violence and domestic violence, and one in three will be raped in her lifetime. According to the National Tribal Justice Resource Center, homicide was among the leading causes of death for young Indian women as recently as a decade ago. Further, most of these women were killed by a relative or someone they knew.

Figures like these seem to circle around Native communities like vultures, casting ominous shadows wherever women walk.

To help combat this devastating crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced a number of grants to support tribal governments and coalitions throughout Indian country.

Recovery Act funds will aid Indian communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Kansas and Michigan; as well as Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana and North Dakota. Oklahoma, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin will also receive funds. The aid to tribal programs and coalitions will help develop violence awareness and prevention programs benefitting women, men, children, teens and elders. These response services and culturally appropriate support programs for survivors can have a lasting residual effect on families and communities."

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