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Feds announce $5M in grants to tribes in Wash.

Associated Press - August 26, 2009 2:05 PM ET

TULALIP, Wash. (AP) - Federal officials have announced nearly $5.5 million in law enforcement grants to Native American communities in Washington state.

The money includes more than $3.3 million in 1-year community-oriented police service grants to 15 tribes. Six tribes are getting a total of 7 new police officers, and 1 of those tribes and nine others are receiving funds for equipment and trailing.

In addition, the Tulalip, Squaxin Island and Swinomish tribes are sharing nearly $2.17 million in 3-year grants from the Office on Violence Against Women.

Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden and Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli announced the grants Wednesday after a tour of the Tulalip reservation north of Everett.

The two are leading a Justice Department effort to improve coordination of law enforcement efforts on Indian reservations nationwide.

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