WA tribes get federal $11M public safety grant

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle has announced that ten western Washington American Indian tribes will split an $11 million federal grant to bolster their law enforcement operations.

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan announced Wednesday that the Justice Department grant will go toward eight specific areas, including methamphetamine enforcement; alcohol and substance abuse; corrections and correctional alternatives; violence against women; elder abuse; juvenile justice; and tribal youth programs.

Durkan says the money will go toward better training and equipment.

The tribes that received the grant are Confederated Tribes of Chehalis; Hoh Tribal Business Committee; Lummi Nation; Makah Indian Tribe; Nisqually Tribe; Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe; Puyallup Tribal Council; Skokomish Indian Tribe; Squaxin Island Tribe; and Tulalip Tribes.