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St. Regis Mohawk Tribe receives funding to combat violence against women

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AKWESASNE - The St. Regis MohawkTribe has been awarded $596,071 under the Department ofJustice’s 2012 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), through the federal Office on ViolenceAgainst Women.

The funding will be used for a program titled Violence Against Women Tribal GovernmentTraining.The grant award coincides with national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian said he recognizes that while the overall incidence of domestic partner homicides in NewYork state reduced slightly in 2010, the rate of violent crime victimization against Native American womenis more than double that of women of other races. In fact, Native women suffer from the highest rate ofintimate partner violence, the highest rate of stalking and the highest rate of rape and sexual assault, he said.

“This grant and the funding it brings will do much to help law enforcement and agencies serving the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation respond to, reduce and ultimately prevent domestic violence againstNative women,” Mr. Hartunian said. “In these times of reduced resources and dwindling funding programs,it is heartening that the reservation will receive these funds to address a type of violent crimedisproportionately harming Native women.”

Among other things, the funding will be used to train local law enforcement and prosecutors toimprove services and responses to domestic violence, pay for a sexual assault advocate and provideemergency intervention funds, which help victims when they have to flee their homes because of theviolence.

“The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to working with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribeto promote public safety and combat domestic violence. We are collaborating with the St. Regis MohawkTribe’s Domestic Violence program and north country domestic violence task forces to use federal gun lawsto remove and punish possession of illegal firearms in the homes of persons subject to a domestic violenceorder of protection. This can help prevent the escalation of violence, as well as assist in officer and childprotective worker safety,” Mr. Hartunian said.

“Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Horsman, of our Plattsburgh Office,has been an integral part of developing responses to domestic violence against Native American women inthis region,” he said. “We congratulate the tribe on the award of this crucial funding.”

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