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Justice Department announces tribal grants for Oklahoma

Eleven Oklahoma Indian tribes and Oklahoma City University won federal grants
by Randy Ellis Published: September 28, 2012
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Eleven Oklahoma Indian Tribes and Oklahoma City University have been awarded a combined $11,355,780 in grants to enhance tribal justice and safety, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday.

The grants were among more than $101 million in Department of Justice grants awarded nationwide, with more than 100 American Indian and Alaska Native nations and groups among the recipients.

The grants are designed to address issues ranging from alcohol and substance abuse to sexual assaults.

Oklahoma City University was the only university designated to receive a grant. It will receive $704,513 under the Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program.

“The goal of this program is to assist the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma to respond to crimes of violence against women and girls in Indian Country,” said Brook Arbeitman, director of marketing and communication at the Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Following are Oklahoma tribes that will receive grants and the amounts they will receive:

• Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, $276,822

• Cherokee Nation, $1,496,888

• Chickasaw Nation, $899,999

• Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, $845,891

• Citizen Potawatomi Nation, $1,469,994

• Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, $1,454,021

• Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, $2,099,846

• Kaw Nation, $39,759

• Pawnee Nation, $900,000

• Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, $294,032

• Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, $874,015

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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