Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $888,748)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the principal federal law enforcement agency that investigates major crimes including homicide, sexual abuse, major drug trafficking, and felony assaults in Indian Country. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, the Lummi Nation, the Nooksack Indian Tribe, the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, and the Tulalip Tribe have partnered with the FBI and the United States Attorney’s Western District Office in a Northwest Safe Trails Task Force effort to combat organized and violent crime in their tribal jurisdictions. Swinomish Indian Tribal Community will use the grant to fund a tribal Special Assistant United States Attorney position to address the violent and drug related crimes that are increasing in our tribal communities. The proposed project will help DOJ meet its Priority Initiative 4 by enabling five remote Northwest Tribes with constrained enforcement/investigative/prosecutorial capacity to focus on drug trafficking and major crimes of violence in their jurisdictions.