The Office for Victims of Crime, part of the Department of Justice Programs, has awarded the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma $1,105,966 to expand services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking, announced First Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester. Funding will support training equipment for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner exams, two contracted SANE nurses, a contract for legal aid services and emergency systems for victims.
This grant to the Ponca Tribe is part of more than $9.4 million in grants announced by the Department of Justice to support crime victims in Native American communities in eight states: Alaska, California, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma and Washington. The group of 16 awards is the fourth in a series of grants being made by the Office for Victims of Crime to American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The Department of Justice has now awarded more than $26 million of nearly $100 million to support tribal victim service programs.
The awards, 46 in total so far, will fund critical crime victim services, such as counseling, transitional housing, emergency services and transportation. They are supported by the Crime Victims Fund, a repository of federal criminal fines, fees and special assessments. The fund includes zero tax dollars.
According to the Office of Justice Programs, Statistics show American Indians and Alaska Natives experience violent crime at rates far greater than the general population.
Nearly 170 tribes are expected to receive funding this spring to help their communities to support crime victims over the next three years.