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The tribes in Whatcom County were among a dozen in Western Washington to get a total of $5.9 million, according to the federal agency.
The grants went to needs that the tribes identified, the agency added.
The amount and what the tribes will use the money for are:
▪ $677,152 to the Nooksack Tribe to expand existing services to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and elder abuse and neglect.
▪ $574,361 to Lummi Nation to maintain a fully staffed and confidential shelter for those who suffered domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.
The agency said the money was part of “historic levels of funding” to Native American and Alaska Native communities.
Native American men and women are more likely to be victims of crime than their white counterparts, yet women are less likely to have access to services, according to the results of a survey on the National Institute of Justice website.
According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 83 percent of Native American and Alaska Native adults have experienced violence in their life.