Feds plan funding boost to fight assaults on Native women

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. Justice Department official says the agency is doubling the funding for tribal public safety and crime victims as it seeks to tackle the high-rates of violence against Native American women.

Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio (pa-NOO-chee-oh) tells The Associated Press that the department recognizes “the serious nature of the problem.” The announcement comes amid increased focus on the deaths and disappearances of Native American women and girls.

Panuccio plans to announce Wednesday that the department will award $113 million to 133 tribes and Alaska Native villages for public safety programs. Another $133 million will be awarded to tribes this fall specifically to serve crime victims.

The announcement follows years of federal efforts to fix a system that many say leaves Native American women especially vulnerable to violent crime.

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