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Lac du Flambeau Receives Law Enforcement Grant

16 Jan News

The Lac Du Flambeau Chippewa in Vilas County will share in grant money for tribal law enforcement.

Yesterday, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced the awarding of $631,000 in county-tribal law enforcement grants to 19 programs statewide. The Lac Du Flambeau Chippewa will receive just under $50,000.

In its 25th year, the program is designed to assist with the unique law enforcement challenges in Wisconsin’s Native American communities. The program is funded through tribal gaming receipts received by the state and allocated in the state budget. No taxpayer monies are used.

Van Hollen said in awarding the grants, “This grant program is designed to enhance the county-tribal relationship by encouraging agencies and nearby tribes to work cooperatively to better protect their communities.”

Grant awards are allocated using a formula consisting of 3 criteria: Native American population, county crime rate and tribal unemployment rate.

Grants have been used for the costs of personnel, patrol, investigation, prevention, K-9 units, information technology and training.