TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Attorney General William Barr hosted a roundtable discussion with Cherokee Nation leadership in Tahlequah, Okla. on Wednesday.
During the discussion, Barr announced almost $300 million in tribal grants with about $40 million of the grants for Oklahoma tribes.
According to the Department of Justice, more than $295.8 million is being awarded to serve the victims of crimes, improve public safety and support youth programs in the communities of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
American Indian and Alaska Native communities experience rates of violent crime and domestic abuse that are among the highest in the nation. The awards announced today underscore the Department of Justice’s deep commitment to improving public safety in tribal communities throughout the United States. This administration will continue to work closely with our tribal partners to guarantee that they have the resources they need to combat violence and bring criminals to justice.
The roundtable took place at the Cherokee Nation W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex.
Barr was joined by Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Cherokee Nation Attorney General Sara Hill U.S. Attorney Trent Shores, Northern District of Oklahoma and U.S. Attorney Brian Kuester, Eastern District of Oklahoma.
WATCH the live stream of opening remarks below:
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