Tim Purdon, the U.S. Attorney for North Dakota
, released an Anti-Violence Strategy for Tribal Communities on Wednesday.
The plan was developed in consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
, the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation
, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate
and the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation
It calls for a new prosecutor to handle crime in Indian Country and for a prosecutor to visit reservations more often.
"This Anti-Violence Strategy will not solve
all of our public safety challenges in tribal communities. Rather, our hope is that the
Strategy is the first step in a new era of government-to-government consultation and
cooperation between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the tribes in North Dakota and that
this document opens a new conversation aimed at reducing violent crime with tribal
communities and with our law enforcement partners," Purdon said in a press release
Purdon also plans to hold a tribal conference every year.
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U.S. Attorney's Office unveils anti-violence strategy for reservations
(The Bismarck Tribune 6/23)
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