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Three Affiliated Tribes eye crime prevention grant

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota are hoping to receive a grant that would help with crime prevention on the reservation.

The tribes are seeking an Operation Weed and Seed grant through the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Justice Department and the Community Capacity Development Office, the partner agency, are to control violent crime, drug trafficking and drug-related crime in designated high-crime neighborhoods. The agencies also seek to provide a safe environment where crime and drug use is non-existent or minimal.

Tribal chairman Marcus Levings and tribal officials met Nov. 25 to discuss the grant with acting U.S. Attorney Lynn Jordheim, assistant U.S. Attorneys Rick Volk and Clare Hochhalter.

The group also met with the Fort Berthold Housing Authority, the group that wrote the proposal, and toured some of the communities.

The Three Tribes are the only tribe in North Dakota applying for the grant.

The grant approaches are: “Law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in weeding out criminals from the designed area.”

“Seeding brings prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization services to the area.”

The grant is capped at $1 million. Agencies under the Three Affiliated Tribes’ umbrella would split varying amounts.

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