US Justice Dept. gives Ute tribe $1 million

Salk Lake City, Utah (AP) October 2011

The U.S. Justice Department is giving the Ute tribe $1 million as part of a nationwide program to improve law enforcement on reservations.

Justice officials say the money will be used by the Ute tribe for construction of a multi-purpose justice center.

The Navajo Nation, whose reservation extends into southeastern Utah, was given $2.1 million to improve methamphetamine enforcement and a tribal youth program.

Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli says the $118 million in grant money being given out nationwide is intended to support efforts to reduce crime rates on reservations.

Grant money helps tribes with public safety efforts such as community policing and juvenile justice. The money also funds projects to reduce alcoholism, violence against women and elder abuse.