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The U.S. Justice Department has opened its window for tribes to apply for public safety grants for 2019.

The money available to support public safety initiatives in Indian Country can be used to enhance law enforcement, boost crime prevention, serve Native crime victims, improve responses to violence against Native women and bolster adult and juvenile justice systems, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Montana.

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The federal government announced in September it would double the funds it dedicates to fighting violence against Native women. The move came after a series of articles by The Associated Press drawing attention to the problem. 

The Justice Department allotted roughly $113 million to 125 tribes in various grant funds in fiscal year 2018, according to the press release. Of that, approximately $1.4 million went to Montana tribes: $800,000 to the Blackfeet Nation; $271,147 to the Fort Belknap Indian Community; and $322,641 to the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes.

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