QUAPAW – Several regional Native American tribes received over $8.7 million in federal grants earmarked to help with public health and safety programs, with almost half of the grant money going to the Quapaw Tribe.

The Quapaw Tribe received $4,590,422 with $3,910,770 set aside for correction and correctional alternatives.

“This is great news for the Quapaw Tribe and our community partners across the Tri-State Region,” said John Berrey, Quapaw Chairman.

The Department of Justice awarded over $18 million in grants to several Oklahoma tribes as part of a $100 million funding to 125 American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages and other tribal related governments.

“Reducing violent gang and gun crimes in Indian Country is crucial to protecting citizens who live in and around tribal communities,” said R. Trent Shores, U.S. Attorney in a prepared statement.

“We look forward to serving as good custodians of these funds, and using them to improve lives for everyone by making our communities safer, more drug-free, and more productive,” Berrey said.

In addition to the Quapaw Tribe, area tribes receiving grant funds were Cherokee Nation, $3,087,900; Wyandotte Nation, $200,189 and Seneca Cayuga Nation, $825,000. The Seneca Cayuga Nation and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians also received $198,181 and $91,794 grants for the Adam Walsh Act.

In general, the grants are designed to boost law enforcement practices, expand victim services, and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts. The Adam Walsh Act Implementation grant program develops and enhances programs under the federal Sex Offender Registration Act.

"The justice community must also look to help those with mental health and substance abuse issues to re-enter society as productive citizens," Shores said.

All of the tribes receiving grant money have programs in place that address domestic violence, alcohol and substance abuse and other social ills.

Almost $1.2 million is going to fund alcohol and substance abuse programs in the Cherokee and Quapaw tribes and $1.7 million for domestic violence programs in the Cherokee and Seneca Cayuga nation.

The Quapaw Tribe offers an outpatient substance treatment facility with services provided to both American Indians and non-American Indians, and Cherokee Nation has the Jack Brown Center that provides treatment in a residential setting for chemically-dependent Indian teens.