Published May 3, 2017
WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, the chairman of the U.S. Committee on Indian Affairs, announced North Dakota will receive up to $15 million in federal funding to help reimburse the state for costs incurred as a result of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Hoeven represents North Dakota in the United States Senate.
Hoeven worked to include grant funding inthe Department of Justice’s budget as part of the Fiscal 2017 funding legislation.
The police at Standing Rock came from many states and were heavily militarized, using rubber bullets on water protectors and water cannons in frigid cold temperatures.
The state must submit an application to the Department of Justice (DOJ), which will provide $15 million for emergency law enforcement events occurring during Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017. The program will be administered by theDOJ’s Office of Justice Programs State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance. The grant is part of a larger government funding bill, which must be approved by Congress.
In addition to being the chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Hoeven sits in the influential Senate Appropriations Committee.
“As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I’ve worked to secure funding in the Department of Justice budget that states and localities can apply for to defer costs for emergency law enforcement situations,including the Dakota Access Pipeline protests,” said Hoeven. “This should enable North Dakota to get up to$15 million from the Fiscal Year 2017 budget to help defer the costs associated with that law enforcementeffort.”
During the protests, Hoeven worked to secure federal law enforcement resources to support state andlocal law enforcement, as well as Army Corps of Engineer resources to help clean up the protest site prior tothe spring thaw
This BBSNews article originally appeared on Native News Online.