Umatilla tribes can add officer with grant money

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PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will get another police officer, family counselors and better services for abused women with a $1.6 million federal grant.

The East Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/qGbZBZ ) the grant from the U.S. Department of Justice was part of $118 million awarded to tribes nationwide.

Seven other Oregon tribes received grant. Statewide, tribes collected $6 million total.

The Umatilla tribes will use the money for its public safety, justice and social-services budgets.

Ray Denny, the tribes' public safety director, says a community-resource officer will work on youth education and gang resistance, as well as patrolling housing areas.

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Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info