Rep. Jared Huffman is bringing home some bacon in the form of $5.2 million dollars for tribes in his district. These grants, which include more than $1.4 million for the Yurok Tribe and $1.2 million for the Hoopa Valley Tribe, are aimed at helping tribes enhance law enforcement — interesting timing given the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department’s recent decision to revoke peace officer powers from the Hoopa Valley Tribe, effective last Wednesday.
But even if Hoopa’s tribal police don’t have the imprimatur of the Sheriff’s Office, it sounds like the grant can be used for a variety of other justice-related purposes, including youth substance abuse prevention and addressing violence against women.
Here’s the press release from Rep. Jared Huffman’s office:
Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded more than $5.2 million in grants to five tribes in Huffman’s 2nd Congressional District. The Hopland Band of Pomo Indians, Yurok Tribe, Hoopa Valley Tribe, Round Valley Indian Tribes, and the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians received the grants under the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) grant program, which helps tribes enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, prevent youth substance abuse, address violence against women, serve crime victims, and support other efforts to combat crime.
The grant awardees include:
- $1,785,000 for Hopland Band of Pomo Indians
- $1,405,666 for Yurok Tribe
- $1,234,399 for Hoopa Valley Tribe
- $668,816 for Round Valley Indian Tribes
- $150,906 for Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians
“I am proud to represent all of these North Coast tribes and to work closely with them on their law enforcement and safety needs. This federal assistance will go far in helping tribes throughout my district hire police officers, assist victims, and keep tribal lands safe,” Huffman said.