Trio of Nevada tribes receive $375K in grants to hire police officers
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Three Nevada Indian tribes are among the 179 recipients of federal grant money to hire full time police officers.
A total of $98 million in grants was recently awarded through the Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program.
Nationwide, the funding will allow those law enforcement agencies to hire 802 full time police officers.
In Nevada, the Fallon Paiute Shoshone, Pyramid Lake Paiute and Temoak Western Shoshone tribes each received $125,000 to hire one officer apiece.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said 80 percent of those grant recipients have agreed to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
“I applaud their commitment to the rule of law and to ending violent crime including violent crime stemming from illegal immigration,” he said in a statement.
The phrase “Indian Education” itself invokes generations of federal legislation aimed to assimilate via education. Modern day, the Title VI Indian Education Program administered by the Bureau of Indian Education provides federal funds to various educational institutions of students enrolled in federally recognized tribes.