U.S. Dept. of Justice to hire 33 new prosecutors for Indian Country

The Justice Department received resources to bring on 33 new prosecutors to handle cases in Indian Country, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday.

The DOJ will use $6 million from its fiscal 2010 budget to hire Assistant U.S. Attorneys for 21 U.S. Attorney’s offices, which prosecute crimes that occur on American Indian reservations.

The resources will also help fund a pilot project that will assign three prosecutors to specific tribes: the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and the Menominee Indian Tribe in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

“Violent crimes, and particularly crimes against women and girls, continue to devastate tribal communities across the country, and the U.S. Attorney community is crucial to the Department of Justice’s response,” Holder said in a statement. “With 33 more federal prosecutors headed to Indian Country, and the launch of three new Community Prosecution Pilot Projects, we have made significant progress finding and implementing solutions to the public safety challenges confronting tribal communities. This Administration is committed to reducing the level of violent crime in tribal communities.”

Here’s where the prosecutors will be hired:

Alaska: 1
Arizona: 5
Colorado: 1
Eastern District of Michigan: 1
Western District of Michigan: 1
Minnesota: 1
Southern District of Mississippi: 1
Montana: 3
Nebraska: 1
Nevada: 1
New Mexico: 2
Northern District of New York: 1
North Dakota: 1
Northern District of Oklahoma: 1
Western District of Oklahoma: 1
Oregon: 1
South Dakota: 2
Utah: 1
Eastern District of Washington: 1
Western District of Washington: 1
District of Wyoming: 2

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