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Congressman Kildee Announces Federal Grant to Improve Public Safety for Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

November 22, 2021
Press Release
$785,555 Grant Will Help Support Police Officers, Promote Public Safety

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced a $785,555 federal grant for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan to hire police officers and support public safety efforts.

This federal grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services under its Tribal Resources Grant Program. The funding can be used to hire or re-hire full-time career law enforcement officers and village public safety officers and procure basic equipment and training to assist in the initiation or enhancement of Tribal community policing efforts.

“This important federal grant will help the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe make their communities safer. I am proud to have secured this federal funding to support police officers and promote public safety,” said Congressman Kildee.

“The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is once again honored to be recognized for our Public Service and the work our law enforcement does within our Tribal community and surrounding areas. This grant will assist with that work and the good work of supporting victims of crime and their families,” said Tribal Chief Tim J. Davis.    

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than four in five American Indian and Alaska Native people have experienced violence in their lifetime. Limited resources often prevent Tribal communities from getting the justice they deserve under the law. 

In Congress, Kildee has fought to make Tribal communities safer. In March 2021, Kildee helped pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization in the House to end impunity for non-Native perpetrators of sexual assault, child abuse co-occurring with domestic violence, stalking, sex trafficking, and assaults on tribal law enforcement officers on tribal lands.