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Senecas receive two federal grants totaling $531,940

The Seneca Nation of Indians has received a $256,500 Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse award and a $275,440 Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program award.

The Department of Justice Wednesday announced the Seneca development as part of 206 awards totaling more than $97 million to American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, tribal consortia and tribal designees. The announcement was made at the 2015 Tribal Leader Briefing, sponsored by the National Congress of American Indians, and included Tribal leaders, members of Congress and administration officials.

“I am pleased that the Department of Justice has awarded this extremely significant amount of money to the Seneca Nation targeted specifically for use on important criminal justice and health issues,” said U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. “Our Office looks forward to continuing to work with the Seneca Nation in the months and days ahead.”

American Indians and Alaska Natives experience disproportionate rates of violence and victimization and often encounter significant obstacles to identifying and accessing culturally relevant services, officials said. The funding helps tribes to develop and strengthen tribal justice systems’ response to crime, while significantly increasing programs and services available to them.