The United States attorney for North Dakota has unveiled a strategy to try to improve the safety of tribal communities by cracking down on violent crime.
“The statistics involving violence on (American Indian) reservations are unacceptable,” Timothy Purdon said following months of talks with tribal leaders. “Native Americans in North Dakota, and the rest of the country, are not going to be able to overcome decades of isolation and poverty until they first feel safe in their homes and neighborhoods.”
Purdon wants to use vigorous prosecution and prevention initiatives such as school outreach programs to address high rates of substance abuse, domestic violence, drug trafficking, and assaults. Purdon is assigning an assistant U.S. attorney to deal with each of the state’s four reservations.