Alaska Native groups get policing funds

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six Alaska Native organizations have been awarded more than $600,000 in federal grants to hire police officers, train the officers and buy crime-fighting equipment.

The grants come from the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Tribal Resources Grant Program.

The agency is awarding nearly $35 million dollars in grant funding being awarded to 150 tribal organizations in 28 states.

The grants are being awarded as part of an effort to bolster the capacity of tribal law enforcement agencies.

The money awarded to Alaska Native groups includes:

--$15,800 for the Kasigluk Traditional Council

--$72,000 for the McGrath Native Village Council

--$132,000 for the Metlakatla Police Department

--$250,000 for the Mount Sanford Tribal Consortium in Gakona

--$82,000 for the Sleetmute Traditional Council

--$103,000 for the Tuntutliak Traditional Council

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